Authentic Swedish Meatballs

Recipe by IngridH
READY IN: 50mins




  • Melt butter in a skillet.
  • Saute onions in the butter until golden.
  • Soak the bread crumbs in the milk.
  • To the bread mixture, add the meats, egg, onion, allspice, salt, and pepper. Mix until a smooth texture is achieved.
  • Chill mix for an hour or so, to firm it up.
  • Form mix into meatballs, using 1-2 tablespoons of meat per ball. (these should be smaller than a golf ball). If you are making these on a warm day, you might want to chill the formed balls again, so that you don't get flat sides when you fry them.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Melt a small amount of butter (traditional) or oil in the pan.
  • Add enough meatballs to fill the pan very loosely.
  • Shake the pan as you fry the balls, to keep the round shape as they cook. Continue to cook until they are evenly brown on all sides.
  • Remove each batch to a warm platter in the oven, as you fry the rest.
  • If you wish to make the gravy, deglaze the pan with a little water after each batch, and reserve the resulting drippings in a bowl.
  • For the gravy:.
  • When all of the meatballs have been fried, mix the flour and cream (or milk), and add to the reserved pan drippings in the skillet.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add a bit of cream (or milk) to thin, then taste and season with salt and/or pepper as needed.
  • Pour gravy over warm meatballs and serve with boiled potatoes and lingonberry sauce.