Recipe video above. Juicy meatballs smothered in a beautiful creamy gravy, with a hint of spicing that Swedish Meatballs are known for. Made extra soft and extra tasty by soaking fresh bread in grated onion - tried and tested technique used in my most of my meatball recipes, highly approved by readers! (See Italian Meatball reviews as an example)
Keyword: sauce for swedish meatballs, swedish meatballs
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats
2sliceswhite sandwich bread, crusts removed, chopped into small cubes (Note 1)
1onion, small (brown, white or yellow)
300g / 10 ozground beef (mince)
300g / 10 ozground pork (mince), or sub with more beef (Note 2)
1/4tspground nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
1/4tspAll Spice powder(Note 3)
40g / 3 tbspbutter, unsalted
2cupsbeef broth/stock (salt reduced), or sub with chicken
Using a tablespoon measure and measure out a heaped tablespoon (or use ice cream scooper which is what I do), dollop on work surface. Repeat with remaining mixture: 25 - 30 meatballs. Then roll into shape.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add half the meatballs and brown all over (but raw inside still) - about 3 minutes. Remove onto plate, then brown the remaining batch.
If there is lots of oil, pour off excess and discard. Lower heat to medium.
Add butter into skillet and melt. Add flour and stir in. Cook for 1 minute.
While mixing, add about 1/4 of the beef broth - it will thicken quickly. Then gradually add remaining beef broth, stirring as you go. Switch to whisk if required to make it lump free.
When the liquid is simmering, add meatball and juices pooled on plate.
Turn up heat slightly to keep it at a rapid simmer. Cook for 8 - 10 minutes or until the liquid thickens into a thin gravy, stirring occasionally.
Add cream, simmer for a further 2 minutes then remove from stove.
1. Bread - just plain white sandwich bread. Wholemeal also fine. If you use one with grains or seeds, you'll end up with the seeds in the meatballs.Make your own Emergency No Yeast Bread (this works great with meatballs, I used it last week) and this simple Artisan Bread also works great!2. Meat - mix of pork and beef is part of the authentic flavour of Swedish Meatballs, and pork makes the meatballs extra soft and juice. But you can use all beef or all pork. You could also make this with chicken or turkey!3. All Spice - smells like cloves, it's a particular type of spice sold in everyday grocery stores, costs no more than usual spices. Substitute with Mixed Spice, or equal parts nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.4. Cream v Sour Cream - The jury is out on whether it should be made with sour cream or normal cream. Most recipes tend to use cream. If you like the slight tang from sour cream (like with Stroganoff sauce), go ahead!Yogurt can also be used, as well as reduced fat and pouring cream. The gravy might need an extra minute or two to thicken, and obviously won't have as rich a mouthfeel (because it's lower fat). But still a creamy texture to the gravy - it will still look like the photos and video!5. Nutrition for meatballs only, and all gravy. This doesn't take into account fat discarded from skillet.