Tailgate Swedish Meatballs

"I love this version of Swedish Meatballs. I have no idea how "authentic" it is, but I enjoy it. Instead of using half-and-half I usually use all milk but the half-and-half will make a creamier sauce. You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for half the ground beef, but I wouldn't substitute it for more than half the ground beef because you want the drippings for making the gravy. I normally serve this over mashed potatoes."
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Ready In:
40 meatballs




  • Put bread crumbs and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl and set aside until milk is absorbed.
  • In a large bowl, mix ground beef, egg, onion, salt, pepper, allspice and the bread crumbs. Mix well.
  • Form the meat mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Melt butter in a large frying pan.
  • Brown meatballs about 10 to 15 at a time, removing them to a large bowl as they are done.
  • When all meatballs are browned, remove pan from heat.
  • Add flour all at once to the drippings stirring with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  • Add 3/4 cup of boiling water and a bouillon cube stirring constantly.
  • Return frying pan to medium heat. Stir until bouillon cube is dissolved.
  • Add cream and 1/2 cup of milk.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly and cook three minutes longer until sauce is thick and smooth.
  • Return meatballs to the skillet and warm through, tossing to coat.

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  1. Its like IKEA in my house tonight! I loved this recipe. I used frozen meatballs and added half of a cup of sour cream and two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic powder. I think the WS really made the sauce flavorful.
  2. This was good, but it needed more allspice and more half and half.
  3. Perfect swedish meatball recipe. Easy, fast and perfect. The only thing I did differently was double the sauce, and sprinkle in flour instead of dumping it all in at once. I made these in an electric skillet, which worked really well for varying temperatures. I will look no further for the perfect recipe. BF flipped for these.
  4. Yikes, I started making these; then looked at all the 1,000+ recipes and decided to "go for it" with my own twist: I used seasoned breadcrumbs, garlic powder, fresh parsley and paprika..for the meatballs and lots of allspice and carroway. To the sauce, I used beef broth (hate bullion cubes) worchester sauce, red pepper flakes, and horseradish flavored mustard and hugarian paprika. I like to "kick it up a notch" because herbs make everything taste better..........
  5. These swedish meatballs are so delicious! I couldn't help but eat some of them as is even before it was served. Since it's just DH and I, we were able to have again another round of this for the next meal and we enjoyed it. I had a few pieces left day after and had it for dinner and it's still so good that I wish I had more. Definitely a keeper! Thank you! Made for Fall Pac baby 2008.


  1. Perfect Swedish meatballs recipe!! I used panko breadcrumbs and I used beef broth instead of the bouillon in water. Enjoyed these a lot!! Will make again!!


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