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Ikea swedish meatballs

serves 4
by Nancy


for the meatballs:

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup minced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package meatloaf mix or chopped meat
  • 1 large egg

for the gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley optional


make the meatballs:

  1. put the breadcrumbs in a large bowl.
  2. heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. add the onion, garlic, allspice, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. add the milk and worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer.
  5. pour the milk mixture over the breadcrumbs and stir to make a thick paste; let cool.
  6. add the beef and egg to the bowl and mix until combined.
  7. shape into 1-inch meatballs
  8. preheat the oven to 400 degrees f.
  9. bake the meatballs until cooked through, about 20 minutes.

make the gravy:

  1. melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. add the flour and cook, whisking, until smooth.
  3. whisk in the beef broth and worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer.
  4. add the cream and meatballs.
  5. reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes.
  6. season with salt and black pepper.
  7. transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with the parsley