Swedish Meatballs


This Scandinavian favorite goes from appetizer to main in a flash (just add noodles), and it’s ready when you are. It’s traditional to serve these meatballs with sweet-tart lingonberry jam; if you can’t find it, grape or red-currant jelly are good substitutes.

  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups canned reduced-sodium beef broth
  • grape or current jelly, cooked egg noodles, chopped parsley, for serving (optional)
  • Sour Cream Sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, panko, ½ cup milk, eggs, garlic, 1 tablespoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and allspice. Mix just until combined.
  2. Using a rounded 1-tablespoon measure for each, form mixture into meatballs (you should have about 48). Place meatballs onto two rimmed baking sheets; bake until golden brown and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, make sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high. Add flour; cook, whisking, 1 minute (do not let darken). Gradually whisk in remaining cup milk and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until sauce has slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, add meatballs to bowl with sauce; gently toss to combine. Serve as an appetizer, on toothpicks, with jelly on the side; or as a main, over noodles, garnished with parsley, with jelly on the side.

Serves 8

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