Recipe by Roxygirl in Colorado
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
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.