Swedish Meatballs With Secret Ingredient

"When I was growing up there was a chain of Swedish Smorgasbord restaurants in the area which I lived. It wasn't until about 10 years ago that I met the original owner of that chain at a private party in the last remaining restaurant in the chain. He cooked the foods for this party himself with his son who at that time was the manager of that one remaining establishment. One of the dishes that he served, personally to the 20+ persons invited, was his Swedish Meatballs. They were the absolute best tasting meatballs I ever ate. I took him aside and asked him quietly..."is the wonderful taste in these meatballs the fennel seeds in the sauce?" He smiled and whispered back..."yes that is my secret for making the best Swedish meatballs". I came upon a recipe for Swedish Meatballs at Group Recipes.com that sounded so similar to that recipe so I wanted to post this version for the ZWT #6 2010 Scandinavian Region."
photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm
photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm
Ready In:
1hr 30mins
30-40 small meatballs




  • Put eggs, spices and minced onion in a bowl, mix it all together.
  • Add meat, mix well so everything is nicely blended.
  • Shape small meatballs and brown them on all sides.
  • Cook over medium heat until liquids run clear of blood.
  • Add the beef stock, kitchen bouquet, salt and pepper, and fennel seeds and simmer on low heat about 20 minutes.
  • In a small bowl mix the 1/4 cup of water and the flour well for a thickner.
  • Add the thickner to the meat stirring constantly.
  • Cook until the the sauce thickens.
  • Add the cream and just heat until the cream is blended well and hot.
  • Be careful not to let it boil or it will curdle the cream.

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  1. mickeydownunder
    ABSOLUTELY a STUNNING recipe!<br/>This gets the WOW factor from me!<br/>With this recipe, I got 64 balls, TRUE!<br/>Less than 10 were left and only 7 people too!<br/>OUTSTANDING and thanks for posting the recipe!<br/>MADE the night AND night for ME!
    I did not like the ground pork in meatballs! Made a few changes, I like, to see what others have did to any improvements and/or variations you make to this simple recipe work!
  3. HeidiSue
    Love these meatballs! Made a few changes, but turned out wonderful!
  4. I luv grubs
    i made this last night. the meatballs were execellent. dh loved them as well. i really liked the addition of the fennel. i also added an extra tbsp of flour but other than that i made it as directed. i now have this listed under comfort food. thanks for posting
  5. Naturelover
    I made this recipe awhile ago and forgot to give you a much deserved review. The meatballs are the best. I love fennel and never thought of using it for swedish meatballs. I like my sauce a little thicker so I added one extra tablespoon of flour. Other then that no other changes were made. Thank You.



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