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Authentic Swedish Meatball Recipe

From my Minnesota kitchen, I'm sharing the authentic Swedish recipe for Swedish meatballs BETTER than the IKEA meatballs. These meatballs are delicious as an appetizer or with mashed potatoes. And that creamy gravy...oh so delicious!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine swedish
Keyword appetizer, ground beef, meatball
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 48 1 inch meatballs
Calories 57kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs beaten.
  • 1 tablespoon butter.
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon


  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon, optional


  • Put the cream into a large bowl, add the breadcrumbs, set aside.
  • In a large skillet melt the butter and add the chopped onion. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the onion, meat, egg, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to the breadcrumbs and cream.
  • Mix everything together only until well mixed...do not overmix.
  • In the same skillet as the onion, melt 4 tablespoons of butter on medium heat.
  • Using two spoons, damp hands, or a small ice cream scoop, form the meat mixture into 1 inch balls and place into the skillet. Leave room around each meatball.
  • Cook on each side turning to the next side after about 1-2 minutes. Set cooked meatballs into a pan in a low-heat 200 degrees oven while cooking the remaining. Cook meatballs to 165 degrees internally.

To make the gravy


Many recipes for traditional Swedish Meatballs call for white pepper. Try using white pepper in place of black.
Use your hands or a wooden spoon for mixing the meat...don't over mix!


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg