Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 30 mins

One of my favorites, most of the prep time is just refrigeration. Due to a review of my enchilada recipe, I must say if you are on a low fat diet, this is not for you. You can however sub low fat sour cream of course, and use lean beef which makes it a bit better. I've done it both ways and it's great.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Crumble bread slices as much as possible (use a blender or whatever works for you).
  2. Take 1 1/2 cups worth of the bread crumbs and mix with the cream in a medium bowl.
  3. Allow to stand 10-15 minutes.
  4. Using 1 tbsp margarine, saute onion with chives about 10 minutes, or until onion is wilted.
  5. To bread crumb mix, add onions and chives, beef, salt, pepper and allspice and mix thoroughly.
  6. Cover and refrigerate 1 1/2- 3 hours.
  7. Remove meat mixture from refrigerator and form into small balls.
  8. (I get roughly 40 from this recipe, of course size is up to you).
  9. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a frying pan and add meatballs.
  10. Cook until done in the middle, and nicely browned on the outside (15-20 minutes over medium/high heat).
  11. Remove from pan and place on paper towel.
  12. Drain off about half the drippings, removing any large bits.
  13. Return pan to medium-high heat and add broth.
  14. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
  15. Add sour cream and flour to broth, and mix well.
  16. Allow this to cook about 10 minutes, just below boiling.
  17. Add the meatballs to the gravy and allow to cook about 5 more minutes.
  18. Serve either over egg noodles or mashed potatoes if a main course, otherwise they are great alone.


Most Helpful

Kein these were delicious! I bake my meatballs so that they keep their shape more easliy. Thanks.

Pam in B.C. December 02, 2002

I'm sorry the meatballs fell apart when you cooked them. I should have said that you have to be very careful, because they are Swedish meatballs and very tender, that's part of what makes them so good. As for spice, feel free to add more. Sorry you didn't enjoy them.

Kevin Young September 15, 2002

Wonderful. Thank you for the clear preparation details and follow-up. They are very tender so I baked them which seems to keep them from falling apart. The only change I made was to use fat-free half and half to mix with the bread crumbs, also I used Promise stick margarine (no trans fat) Family loved them!

Kendra Jean's Kitchen August 20, 2008

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