The best Swedish meatballs recipe


writen by @JuliaRecipes
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Are you craving for different kind of meatballs? Then this is the recipe exactly for you. You must have heard of this on at the IKEA store already 😊 But these are the best Swedish meatballs recipe ever, soft crunch on the outside, juicy and scrumptious on the inside, swimming in a delicious creamy gravy, with little hint of honey mustard. You will never make your meatballs the other way, well unless you go for classic tomato meatballs 😋


In my family, we make always the same recipe for the base of meatballs, meaning what kind of meat or what kind of spices we use. The differences are then in choice of  sauce or the way how we prepare it. Either cooked in sauce, fried on skillet or baked. All three options are great ( the baked one the healthiest), but mine preferred style is fried and then tossed in some sauce. Cheesy sauce, tomato sauce or mustard sauce, etc.


Key to all great meatballs (in my opinion) is the trio meat, which I use in any recipe, such as classic meatballs in tomato sauce  which calls for minced (ground) meat. I use beef, veal and pork ground meat. You can as well opt for lighter version with poultry, such as ground chicken or turkey breasts. Another key ingredient is garlic, garlic is intensely aromatic and flavorful for any preparation of meat. More garlic, more flavorful your meal will be. Another somehow secret ingredient is seasoned bread crumbs. I always opt for Italian seasoning with Romano cheese. If you need bread crumbs gluten free, here is my tip.


Over all, this recipe is very easy to make, the only time consuming is rolling the meatballs. You might prepare it the night before and store it in the refrigerator, before you will be frying the meatballs, so you can save some time. As it comes to the special ingredients, I use honey mustard to sweeten a bit the taste of gravy. My children loves it this way, little bit of sweetness, yum! Be careful with Worcestershire sauce, it is very salty and you may not need to salt any more your gravy, even though I wrote to season to your taste. I usually serve Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, but over nice bowl of rice or spaghetti is a great idea as well.




Preparation time: 25 minutes⭐cooking time: 30 minutes⭐ servings: 4-6 adults


For meatballs

  • 2 lb (908 g) ground meat (beef, veal, pork)
  • 1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked dry paprika
  • 2 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 Tbsp butter

For gravy

  • 6 Tbsp. flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp honey mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium sized bowl combine ground beef, veal, pork and bread crumbs, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic powder, pepper, salt and egg. Mix with your hands, until well combined.
  2. With a help of tablespoon roll with your hands into small meatballs. In a large iron cast skillet heat olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add the meatballs and cook turning continuously until brown on each side and cooked throughout. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.
  3. Add 4 Tbsp of butter and flour to the same skillet and whisk until it turns lightly brown. Slowly stir in beef broth first, whisk continuously, as making bechamel and heavy cream. Add Worcestershire sauce and honey mustard and bring to a light simmer until sauce starts to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add the meatballs back to the skillet to reheat the meatballs. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.



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