Swedish Meatballs

Don’t relegate Swedish meatballs to party buffets and appetizer plates – they’re a delicious and quick main course in their own right. Here, we’re adding a few nontraditional ingredients to the gravy, including soy sauce and lemon juice, and replacing sour cream with heavy cream for a sauce with a slightly thinner texture.

Swedish Meatballs

Serves | 4 to 6 |

  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, grated
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • ¼ lb ground veal
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¹⁄₃ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • cooked and buttered pappardelle noodles (to serve)

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 300°F. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add onion and cook until softened, 4 minutes. Transfer onion to a small bowl and let come to room temperature. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine bread crumbs and milk and set aside until bread crumbs absorb milk. In a large mixing bowl, mix three ground meats with room-temperature onion, bread crumb mixture, egg, allspice, nutmeg, salt and white pepper. Using lightly wetted hands, form into 2-inch meatballs.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt remaining butter. Sauté meatballs, working in 3 batches, until browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove to a sheet pan and place in oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.

In a large skillet with a lid over medium-high heat, add flour and whisk to make a roux; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then slowly add chicken stock, whisking until smooth; cook for 3 minutes more. Add soy sauce, heavy cream and lemon juice; cook 2 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium. Return meatballs and their juices to skillet and cover with lid. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes more. Serve over cooked and buttered pappardelle noodles.

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MAKE THE MEAL:

  • Swedish Mushroom Soup
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Buttered Pappardelle Noodles
  • Green Beans with Bacon
  • Danish Pancakes with Lingonberry Jam

LEARN MORE: In this class, you’ll learn how to make traditional Danish pancakes topped with lingonberry jam. You’ll also learn how to make a warming, winter-perfect Swedish mushroom soup.

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