The best Swedish meatballs recipe



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swedish meatballs


Are you craving for Swedish meatballs right now? Then you will love this recipe, because it’s exactly for you; who wants to munch on; rich and creamy gravy with juicy meatballs.  You surely have heard of Swedish meatballs from IKEA store, which I have to say, that they have pretty descent Swedish meatballs 😊 but these are the one made with love and made at my kitchen, so I call it the best Swedish meatballs recipe ever.

Soft and juicy on the inside,  and little crunchy on the outside.  Swimming in a delicious creamy gravy, with flavors like honey & mustard. You won’t  buy anymore those meatballs at the IKEA or any other store. Unless you are extremely in a hurry 😋


swedish meatballsTRIO MEAT- secret ingredient

  • beef

  • pork

  • veal

As usually I using trio ground meat. This is just in my opinion, that if you combine all three ground meats together; beef, pork and veal, the taste is much much better. The meat is much tastier, juicier and have much better texture, if combined together.

I have been using trio ground meat, in all my recipes,  when it involves ground meat, such as meatballs in tomato sauce , meat loaf, stuffed peppers  or hamburgers, etc. I swear, when those three meats are combined together, it gives much better and juicier taste.

In my family, we run this same recipe (trio meat) for any  base of meatballs, for centuries. Meatballs can be either simmered in sauce (gravy) , fried (cooked) on skillet or baked in the oven. All three options are great ( the baked one the healthiest), but mine preferred style is fried on skillet and then tossed in this rich and creamy sauce. So with this recipe for Swedish Meatballs, I am using the fried method.


swedish meatballs

Another key ingredient for the great taste of the ground meat is garlic. Garlic is intensely aromatic and flavorful for any preparation of meat. More garlic you add, more flavorful your meal will be. Another great ingredient is seasoned bread crumbs. I always opt for Italian seasoning with Romano cheese. If you need breadcrumbs gluten free, here is gluten-free breadcrumbs.


Over all, this recipe for Swedish meatballs is fairly easy and quick to make. The only time consuming is rolling the meatballs. You might want to opt for the preparation of meatballs (rolling it) the night before and store it in the refrigerator. This should save some time.

swedish meatballs


This gravy for Swedish meatballs is incredibly rich and creamy. It also has a little sweetness, because I use honey mustard when preparing the gravy. If you don’t have honey mustard, you can use regular mustard and add 1-2 tsps of honey into the gravy.

My kids loves it this way, little bit of sweetness always brings out the savory side of this dish. When you decide to use Worcestershire sauce as a seasoning for the gravy, go slowly when adding it to the gravy. My recipe calls for 2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, which might be already enough of salt, considering we use beef broth, which is also salted. Taste before adding any other additional salt to the dish.

I usually serve Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, but over nice bowl of rice or spaghetti is a great idea as well.


swedish meatballsRECIPE


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.


Swedish meatballs 6


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