I made these last week and loved their juicy texture. Despite the involved directions, I added a few timesavers and didn't find them any more difficult than regular meatballs (mixed in my Kitchen Aid). They freeze great. I put leftover frozen ones in crockpot with jarred gravy and cream of mushroom soup. Note: I've never made the lingonberry sauce but mix a can of cream of Mushroom soup with a half can milk for a creamy sauce.
- 1 cup fresh breadcrumb (I used french bread)
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 shallots, minced (I used red onion)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon caraway seed, toasted and ground
- kosher salt
- fresh ground white pepper
- 1 lb ground beef (I used only beef)
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, plus
- extra fresh parsley, for garnishing dish
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped (I used dried) or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried dill (I used dried)
Optional Lingonberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth
- 3⁄4 cup sour cream
- 1⁄4 cup lingonberry preserves or 1⁄4 cup red currant jam
- In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs and the milk; stir with a fork and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Put 3 tablespoons of the butter in a small skillet and let it melt over medium heat.
- Add the shallots, garlic, and caraway; season with salt and pepper.
- Saute until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes.
- Put the ground beef and pork in a large bowl.
- Add the sweated shallot mixture, egg, parsley, and dill; season with salt and pepper.
- Squeeze the milk out of the bread (I omitted this step) and add the bread to the meat mixture, and mix well using your hands.
- Pinch off about 1/2 cup worth of the meat mixture and roll it around in your moistened hands to shape it into a cue ball-sized meatball.
- Continue forming the meatballs and putting them on a platter; there should be about 20 meatballs.
- (I formed my meatballs the night before and let rest in refrigerator to develop the flavor).
- Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over moderate heat.
- When the foam starts to subside, add the meatballs in batches so you don't overcrowd the pan.
- Saute the meatballs until well-browned on all sides, about 7 minutes total.
- Remove the meatballs to a platter lined with paper towels as they are done.
- (I baked mine on a foil-lined pan in my convection oven at 400 degrees until they were brown. They were so juicy that I'm always going to do it that way, and no mess!).
- Discard most of the fat from the skillet and return it to the heat.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and swirl it around to coat the pan.
- Sprinkle in the flour, and stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve into the fat.
- Pour in the chicken broth, and stir with a wooden spoon to loosen the bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Simmer and stir until the liquid is reduced and a sauce starts to form;.
- season with salt and pepper.
- Lower the heat and stir in the sour cream.
- Return the meatballs to the sauce and stir in 1/4 cup of the lingonberry jam until combined.
- Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly and the meatballs are heated through, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Shower with chopped parsley and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve the Swedish meatballs with additional lingonberry jam on the side.
The sauce is great, I could only find red current jelly which worked fine. The meatballs were very mosit but I prefer my meatballs to these. Thank you for the recipe.
This is how I remember true Swedish Meatballs that my friend used to make. I followed to a tee. The directions were actually very traditional and very simple. Nothing very difficult at all. Now, I love Lingonberry, so I knew the taste so I knew what to expect. But I think so many people think of sweedish meatballs as mushrooms, soup, sour cream over noodles and that isn't true. These were very classic, and loved that there was no soup and true traditional flavors. in this recipe. I used the recommended pork and beef, shallots and only fresh herbs and found the dish great. It was very traditional and great tasting. I picked up some great egg noodles from a small Amish market which were great. Top wish fresh parsley and these were wonderful. You can add any flavors you want, but if you want a true Sweedish meatball flavor, this is it. Otherwise, they are just meatballs in sauce. I enjoyed and will certainly make again.
I made this for my family tonight; followed the recipe exactly and the end result was just OK. Not exactly what we were looking for. I must say that the meatballs were tender and juicy, but we thought the flavor was off. Sorry. Saderbee