Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
I wrote up this recipe for my daughter Kendra. She loves my swedish meatballs. I usually read several recipes and pick out the parts I like. She called and wanted my recipe. I was in a hurry and gave her one straight from one of my cookbooks. It was a flop. So I decided to write down exactly what I do for her. It works.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon condensed beef broth
- 1 teaspoon tamari
- Soak bread crumbs in the milk.
- In a large bowl combine ground beef, nutmeg, salt, and eggs.
- Saute onion in butter until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Stir onions and bread/milk mixture into ground beef.
- Allow to sit 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place rack on large baking pan.
- Form 25-30 meatballs placing on rack.
- Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Remove pan from oven and turn meatballs over.
- Bake another 20 minutes.
- Remove cooked meatballs from pan.
- Pour off grease.
- Pour beef broth in pan over rack.
- Let soak for 20 minutes to loosen baked on goodies.
- Scrape pan and rack.
- Set aside.
- Mix 2-3 tablespoons flour in 1/2 cup half and half until smooth.
- Pour in saucepan with remainder of half and half and beef broth with pan scrapings.
- Mix well and bring to simmer over medium heat stirring frequently.
- Add concentrated beef broth and tamari; taste and adjust seasonings -- you may want more tamari or beef broth concentrate.
- When thick add meatballs.
- Serve over egg noodles.
The meatballs made according to the recipe were terrific. The sauce however was very bland. I do have to say that I could not find Tamari in my small town so I substituted soy sauce. However, I don't think this was the reason the sauce was so bland. I wound up adding a can of cream of mushroom soup, a total of about 1/4 cup of beef broth, about 2 TB soy sauce, approx 3/4 tsp garlic powder and black pepper. Oh I also used 2 full cups half and half and 3 Tb flour. After making those additions, my family raved over the sauce and my very picky daughter even had seconds and requested leftovers for her lunch the next day.
With changes, this was great! I added more nutmeg and added some garlic powder. I added more nutmeg to the meatball mixture, as well as the sauce. This took a while, but it was worth it. Thanks for posting! Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup Tag!
I really liked this recipe, but my husband said the gravy needed a little more spice and some mushrooms, which I will do next time.