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    Aquavit's Swedish Meatballs

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    Chef Kate's Note:

    This is Marcus Samuelsson's rendition of the perennial favorite. The sauce is wonderful, unctuous. They should be served with garlicky mashed potatoes, quick pickled cucumbers and extra lingonberry preserves. The pickled cucumbers (and their juice) are really easy to make and the recipe is posted. If you can't find lingonberry preserves (a pity) you can substitute whole cranberry relish.

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    Serves: 4-6



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    The Sauce

    • 1 cup chicken stock, prefereably homemade and salt-free
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup lingonberry preserves
    • 2 tablespoons juice, from quick pickled cucumbers


    1. 1
      Prepare the Meatballs.
    2. 2
      Combine the bread crumbs and 1/4 cup cream in a small bowl, stirring until all the crumbs are moistened.
    3. 3
      Set aside.
    4. 4
      Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
    5. 5
      Add the onion and saute for for about five minutes, until softened.
    6. 6
      Remove from heat.
    7. 7
      In a large bowl, combine ground beef, veal and pork, onion, honey and egg, and mix well with your hands (remember Julia--your impeccably clean hands).
    8. 8
      Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    9. 9
      Add the bread crumb/cream mixture and mix well.
    10. 10
      With wet hands (to keep mixture from sticking) shape the mixture into meatballs the size of golfballs, placing them on a plate slightly moistened with water.
    11. 11
      You should have about 24 meatballs.
    12. 12
      Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    13. 13
      Add the meatballs, in batches if necessary, and cook, turning frequently, for about seven minutes, until the meatballs are browned on all sides and cooked through.
    14. 14
      Transfer the meatballs to a plate and keep warm.
    15. 15
      Discard all but one tablespoon of fat from the skillet.
    16. 16
      Prepare the Sauce.
    17. 17
      Return the skillet to the heat.
    18. 18
      Whisk in the stock, 1/2 cup of cream, preserves and pickle juice, and bring to a simmer.
    19. 19
      Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    20. 20
      Add the meatballs to the sauce, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about five minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly and the meatballs are heated through.
    21. 21
      Serve hot with garlic mashed potatoes, lingonberry preserves and pickled cucumbers.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 28, 2013


      While it seems like a lot of steps, it really isn't, and the recipe is completely worth it. I used 1 lb pork, 1 lb chicken for the meatballs since veal wasn't readily available. I will be trying this again with 1 lb. ground venison and 1lb. ground boar/wild hog during hunting season. Like some other reviewers, I added in some all-spice to the meat blend to add that familiar aroma and taste in the meatballs. I would also recommend a small amount of cornstarch added to the sauce, mixed well, before you place the meatballs back into it to help thicken. I served this with some egg noodles, and mushrooms sauteed in butter and sauce/meat drippings. True comfort food.

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    • on November 14, 2011


      LOveeed it!!! the honey way a real nice touch!

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    • on October 18, 2011


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    Nutritional Facts for Aquavit's Swedish Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (251 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 812.2
    Calories from Fat 505
    Total Fat 56.1 g
    Saturated Fat 25.8 g
    Cholesterol 256.6 mg
    Sodium 344.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 21.3 g
    Protein 38.2 g

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