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easy swedish meatballs on a plate

Better than Ikea's Swedish Meatballs

  • Author: Steve
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4


No need to go furniture shopping. With this easy Swedish meatball recipe, you can enjoy the classic meatballs in your own kitchen.


for the meatballs:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large slices of bread
¼ cup milk
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1 large egg
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

for the sauce:
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped mushrooms, about 4 ounces
1/4 cup flour
2 ½ cups beef, turkey, or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup cream or half and half


Preheat the oven to 375 °F.

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When melted, add the onion and cook until just softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally, then turn off the heat when the onions start to turn golden.

While the onion cooks, slice the bread into small cubes. Add the cubes to a large bowl and pour the milk over top. Toss the bread and milk, then let rest for a couple of minutes before adding the meat, egg, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, pepper, allspice and nutmeg to the bowl. When the onions are cooked and cooled slightly, add them to the bowl as well.

Grab a baking sheet, either greased or lined with parchment, and set it next to your bowl. Wet your hands then use them to combine the meat mixture. Roll the meat into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on the baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Place the meatballs in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until cooked through and browned.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt a tablespoon of the butter over medium heat in the same pan you used to cook the onions. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and add the other two tablespoons of butter. Melt, then add the flour. Cook the butter and flour together for a couple of minutes until golden, stirring to combine. Slowly whisk in the broth until incorporated.

When combined, let simmer for several minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Then add the mushrooms, cream, nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley. Simmer another couple of minutes, taste, and add salt, as needed.

Toss the meatballs with the sauce and serve hot.

  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Swedish

Keywords: meatballs, beef, pork, mushrooms, nutmeg, cream