Classic Swedish Meatballs Recipe

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Classic Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on January 03, 2024

This classic Swedish Meatballs recipe is a family favorite. Made with a mixture of ground beef, pork, breadcrumbs, and spices, these meatballs are tender, flavorful, and perfect served with lingonberry sauce. They are easy to make and can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a main course. Try making them for your next dinner party or holiday gathering, and impress your guests with this traditional Swedish dish.


  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, chopped onion, minced garlic, beaten egg, milk, parsley, salt, black pepper, allspice, and nutmeg. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  2. Shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add the flour and stir continuously for 1-2 minutes, until it turns golden brown. Slowly whisk in the beef broth, heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  5. Return the meatballs to the skillet with the sauce. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and the flavors have melded together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the Swedish meatballs hot with lingonberry sauce and mashed potatoes, or as desired.

Interesting Facts

  • Swedish meatballs are a popular dish in Sweden and are often served with lingonberry sauce and potatoes.
  • They have gained international fame and have become a staple in many American households.
  • The use of allspice and nutmeg gives the meatballs a unique flavor that sets them apart from traditional Italian meatballs.
  • These meatballs are also commonly served at IKEA stores around the world.