Recipes Across the World: Swedish Meatballs

Persevering with the ‘Recipes Across the World‘ sequence, Emma from Emma’s Roadmap is sharing how one can make Swedish meatballs! Right here’s Emma with all the small print:

Everyone knows Swedish Meatballs from IKEA, however they’re so a lot better while you make them your self!

Just a few months in the past, I met certainly one of my finest associates on change in Canada. Once I went to go to her in Sweden she taught me how one can make actual Swedish meatballs! I had a lot enjoyable attempting to pronounce all of the Swedish components within the grocery store (will need to have seemed like I used to be loopy)!

Right here’s how one can prepare dinner Swedish Meatballs at house!

Cultural Context

Swedish meatballs are a standard Swedish dish and it’s THE primary delicacy it’s best to strive when visiting Sweden! It was once a dish eaten by the Swedish royals however these days you could find them all over the place!

Swedish meatballs (or köttbullar in Swedish) are usually served with potatoes (I choose mashed potatoes however any variety will do positive), gravy and lingonberries.

The recipe is pretty simple however does take a while. Nevertheless, it’s undoubtedly value it. I’ll spare you the unpronounceable Swedish names and simply go forward with the English model. 😉

Swedish meatballs ingredients9


*Serves four Folks



  • 500g minced meat (floor beef)
  • ¼ cup of breadcrumbs (half dl)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • Half a cup of milk (1 dl)


  • four tablespoons of butter
  • four tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cream (25cl)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 piece (or ½ tbsp) beef broth

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 75 kg potatoes (or four large potatoes)
  • Half a cup of milk (1 dl)
  • nutmeg


  1. Recent lingonberries or lingonberry jam (typically 2 tablespoons per individual)

Recipe + Preparation

Cooking Time: 40 minutes


  1. Combine the breadcrumbs with the milk. Depart it for 10 minutes.
  2. Chop the onion as positive as attainable (you’ll have to put them within the meat).
  3. Combine the meat, onion, egg, salt, and pepper with the breadcrumbs and milk. Combine till it’s (form of) clean.
  4. Roll small balls and fry them within the pan till they’re totally cooked.

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Peel the potatoes and chop them in equal items. Put the potatoes in a casserole stuffed with water along with a pinch of salt and let it prepare dinner till they develop into gentle sufficient to mash.
  2. Mash them and blend the mashed potatoes with the egg yolks and the milk. Spice it up with some salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.


  1. Soften the butter and blend it fastidiously with the flour. Let it simmer for a minute.
  2. Heat the water and blend it with the broth. Put it slowly within the mixture of flour and butter and stir till the mix thickens.
  3. Put within the cream and soy. Be very cautious and add every of it slowly to not disturb the mix.
  4. Let all the things simmer for two minutes, then serve it!

In case you may’t discover lingonberry jam or sauce at your native grocery retailer—it’s out there here on Amazon. Alternatively, you would substitute cranberry sauce which has the same tart and contemporary style.

Suggestions + Methods

  • Typical Swedish meatballs are very small. My first mistake was to roll them too large, don’t do that!
  • Make an effort to cut the onion as positive as attainable! Massive chunks of onion in your meatballs are very exhausting to prepare dinner.
  • It’s as much as you to decide on how clean you need your mashed potatoes to be; extra milk will make a smoother mix.

Ultimate Ideas

I hope you’ll take pleasure in this recipe as a lot as I do! On my journey to Sweden I couldn’t assist however eat them day by day (whoops!).

Get pleasure from!