Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
A very old Swedish recipe. We always have this on Christmas. The recipe says to serve this with a separate gravy-we just make a simple gravy from the pan drippings. I have substituted venison for the beef.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1⁄2 lb ground lean pork
- 2 medium potatoes, raw, peeled and grated
- 1 slice bread, crumbled
- 2 whole eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon onion, grated
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- Mix all ingredients well.
- Form into small balls (1 inch).
- Fry in batches in butter/oil mixture over low-medium heat, stirring often.The meatballs should be well browned and juices run clear, about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove and serve on a platter with a separate gravy made with pan drippings.
- Serve over mashed potatoes.
I made this for Jul, and served with recipe#112362 The flavor was great. I didn't find the pan drippings rich enough to yield a good gravy, so I served these with cranberry sauce. Next time I make them, I will make a lingonberry cream sauce in lieu of gravy. I grated my potatoes in the FP, and found the shreds to be overly long, resulting in "hairy" meatballs. Next time I make these, I will come up with a different grating strategy. The recipe yielded enough for four people plus plenty left over to freeze. A keeper.
Nice meatballs, I especially like the grated potato - works very well with flavours and gives the dish some nice texture.
I have never cooked or – from memory - eaten venison, so I opted for making this with the more readily available ground meats. I slightly more than doubled the recipe – so there’d be some to freeze; there was heaps to freeze! I used three pounds of ground veal/pork mince and three pounds of top quality ground beef. For me the grated potato and onion stirred memories of a meatloaf recipe I used to make – and loved - but have long since lost. I used five potatoes, two onions and I couldn’t resist adding some garlic; I added 6 cloves, finely minced. I used brown sugar (an ingredient I always throw into tomato-based pasta sauces) and otherwise followed the recipe’s intriguing and unusual combination of spices. The eggs are I believe another secret ingredient which ensures success. When you use this quantity of eggs, you’ll NEVER have any problem with meatballs not holding their shape. And if they seem a bit wet as you make them, don’t worry. Rather than fry these, I put them on trays, covered loosely with foil (which I removed for the last five minutes) and then baked them in the oven. Those which I was freezing, I froze unbaked. I served these with Evelyn's Fried Red Tomatoes Recipe #121041 and steamed spinach. Everyone loved them. Believe me, this is not just another delicious meatball recipe. It’s exceptional!