A la Swedish meatballs

casaveneracion.com A la Swedish meatballs

I don’t know exactly what makes meatballs “Swedish” — the white sauce (or is it gravy?) that goes with them or serving them with lingonberry jam. I made these meatballs with a gravy but did not serve them with lingonberry jam. The meatballs were made with ground pork because my older girl, Sam, does not like beef. And they were broiled in the oven, not fried in butter, because I really don’t like frying. Instead of finely chopped bread, I used panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) as suggested in a recipe by Martha Stewart. A wonderful idea, it turns out, because the panko absorbed the milk wonderfully.

Makes about 20 meatballs.


  • 500 g. of ground pork (or beef, or half beef and half pork)
    1 onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
    3/4 c. of panko, soaked in about 6 tbsps. of milk
    1 egg
    1 tsp. of salt
    1 tsp. of pepper

    For the sauce / gravy:

    1/4 c. of butter
    4 tbsps. of flour (more if you want a thicker sauce)
    1-1/2 to 2. c. of milk (depending on how thick you want the sauce)
    salt and pepper, to taste


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    Preheat the oven to 400F.

    In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs. Form into balls about two inches in diameter. Arrange on a baking dish. Broil (or bake) in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or just until lightly browned.

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    Heat the butter in a pan. Add the flour, all at once, stirring to remove lumps. Cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes or until the mixture starts to turn brown along the edges. Pour in the milk slowly, stirring as you pour. Stop when you reach the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

    Add the meatballs to the sauce. Boil gently for a couple of minutes.

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    Serving suggestions:

    1. Pour the meatballs and sauce into a bowl. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley (optional). Serve with crusty bread to mop up the wonderful sauce.

    2. Ladle the sauce over cooked pasta. Top with meatballs. Garnish with grated cheese.

    3. Arrange the meatballs on a plate. Drizzle with some sauce. Serve as an appetizer.

Cooking time (duration): 45 minutes

Number of servings (yield): about 20 meatballs, good for 4 to 5 persons

Meal type: supper


  1. Raquel says

    Ooh yum! This will definitely be a part of our Noche Buena (for two!). I’ve been meaning to make Swedish meatballs – anything Swedish actually – after finishing the Millennium Trilogy. hehehe! Will drop by Ikea later to get lingonberry jam.
    Thank you very much Connie for the inspiration as always! :)

  2. may says

    This reminds me of the meatballs fr ikea w/ the gravy on it. I always have a stock just in case i don’t feel like cooking! Nothing beats home made of course!

    • Connie says

      I read about IKEA meatballs. I always thought IKEA was a furniture maker. Didn’t know it sells food too. :)

      • JANICE says

        IKEA is like a warehouse that sell about anything from the furnitures, to home decors, to kitchen wares and beddings, they also have showrooms. inside IKEA there is cafeteria so if you feel hungry and tired while shopping you can always stop and have something to eat, and continue with your shopping again, and everything they serve on the cafeteria you can find in the freezer outside the cashier, including the sauce / gravy which comes in powder form.

  3. maruh says

    yeah i love their gravy! there’s an ikea food corner ( in every ikea shops ) where they sell jam and cookies. They even sell their yummy frozen meatballs hmm this dish is a good idea for this season. thanks ms.connie advance happy holiday! :)