Swedish Cardamom Meatballs

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

From a Food Network "Calling All Cooks" segment several years ago as made by Inglill Mutti with my alterations. These are about as Swedish as they get and my once a year MUST make recipe each Christmas season. This joins my Top Ten favorite recipes! Two tips: Cardamom can be expensive & hard to find. I finally found it at "Wild Oats" where bulk spices are sold by the ounce. I also use Tyler Florence's recipe for the accompanying Lingonberry Sauce, another hard to find item. I found 2 brands at Cost Plus World Market, and I also hear it's sold at Ikea if there's one near you.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk or buttermilk in large mixing bowl for 5 minutes. Add meat, eggs, salt & pepper, cardamom and 1 cup chopped onion. Mix well and roll into 1-1/2" meatballs. It helps to wet your hands as you roll.
  2. Saute meatballs in 1/4 cup butter approximately 20 minutes. Remove browned meatballs and set aside.
  3. In same skillet, saute 1/2 cup chopped onion with 1/4 cup butter, sugar and pepper unti caramelized, about 10 minumtes.
  4. Add beef broth to onion & sugar mixture, scraping up any browned bits from the pan. Briefly cook over high heat.
  5. Add cream, gravy maker and all other spices and bring to a simmer.
  6. Make a slurry of the cornstarch & water and whisk the slurry into the mixture to thicken.
  7. If you're going to serve the meatballs right away, add them to the sauce and simmer another 20-30 minutes. Otherwise, cool and refrigerate sauce & meatballs, either together or separately. (I do this separately, as I often freeze the meatballs without the sauce.).
  8. Combine all ingredients for the lingonberry sauce and mix well.
  9. Serve meatballs in a chafing dish with sauce and lingonberry sauce on the side as a dip.


Most Helpful

Totally awesome meatballs which are more Swedish than any I've had even in Sweden, with lots of cardamom and other spices regularly used in Scandinavian cooking. I think the secret is that the spices have been used more generously than traditionally, which is great. <br/>Only changes I made is I used only half the butter, light cream and used flour for thickening instead of corn starch. I did not have gravy mix so didn't bother with that. Oh, and I left the lingonberry jam as it is, serving it on the side, as traditionally. Cranberry sauce would do just as well, as cranberries are like lingonberries, just bigger.<br/>The best Swedish meatballs and gravy ever! Must be served with mashed potatoes.

rosslare February 04, 2014

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