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Authentic Swedish Meatballs

This Authentic Swedish Meatballs recipe is delicious enough for a weeknight meal, and impressive enough for guests! With a creamy sauce and a side of cucumber and loganberries, these meatballs are a taste of Sweden made at home.

Sharing this recipe for Swedish Meatballs was an adventure. From the journey in Sweden, to the table in Chicago, this is one dish that was a labor of love!

Swedish meatballs in creamy sauce in a black skillet with a wooden spoon. Meatballs garnished with parsley.

Swedish Meatballs

On my trip to Sweden I ate plenty of delicious food. But I knew I couldn’t leave the country without finding the very best Swedish Meatballs around.

Every restaurant claims to have the best meatballs, so I knew I’d have to dig a little deeper if I wanted to find the most authentic Swedish Meatballs in Sweden.

To lead me on my quest, I asked a local where SHE would go to eat. She pointed me to her favorite restaurant and I’m so glad she did.

The meatballs were superb. A side of loganberries, cucumber salad and creamy potatoes made the authentic Swedish Meatball experience complete!

Authentic Swedish Meatballs from Stockholm, Sweden

I’m sharing my version of those meatballs with YOU.

I combined pork and beef to give a little extra flavor to these meatballs (as opposed to only beef or pork), but other than that I stuck as close to the meatballs I had in Sweden as possible.

What makes them authentic?

In my research for authentic meatballs, it turns out many places in Sweden add Allspice to the meatballs. It gives them a wonderful flavor note that makes these stand out from many of the meatballs I’ve eaten in the United States.

Swedish Meatball sauce is always creamy and rich, usually because of sour cream. This recipe gets all its creaminess from heavy cream.

Ingredients Notes

Ingredients to make authentic swedish meatballs.

Meat- While I chose to combine pork and beef in my meatballs, you could also use all ground pork or all ground beef.

Minced onion gives a tasty bite of flavor to these meatballs and breadcrumbs and egg hold everything together.

For the sauce, be sure to use real heavy whipping cream. Milk or other substitutes will change the texture of the sauce leaving it thinner and less creamy.

Allspiceto give them that authentic flavor!

Step by Step Instructions

Swedish meatballs in white bowl served with mashed potatoes, cucumber dill salad, and lingonberries.

Here’s how to make the meatballs!

STEP 1. Mix breadcrumb ingredients

Combine ground beef, ground pork, minced onion, breadcrumbs, seasonings, eggs, and heavy cream in a large bowl. Using your hands to combine until thoroughly mixed.

STEP 2. Roll

Roll the meatball mixture into 1-inch balls with your hands, packing each one tightly. Continue until all the mixture is used. You should end up with about 75 meatballs.

STEP 3. Cook

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Add meatballs in a single layer and cook several minutes rotating to cook them evenly on all sides.

Repeat until all the meatballs are cooked, then remove from the pan and set aside.

STEP 4. Make the sauce

Using a whisk, melt butter with the drippings left in the pan from the meatballs. Sprinkle the flour over the melted butter and whisk over medium heat for about 1 minute to form a roux.

Add in the beef stock, salt, pepper, and allspice and whisk until smooth. Turn the heat down to low, add in the heavy cream, and simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the sauce is thickened, return the meatballs to the skillet and simmer until heated. This should only take a couple of minutes.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Swedish Meatballs the way the Swedes do! Sprinkle with parsley. Enjoy with mashed potatoes on the side.

I served our Swedish Meatballs just like they did in Sweden, with a side of creamy (pureed) potatoes, a Cucumber Dill Salad , and of course Lingonberries (which I ordered here on Amazon)!

My family raved about them and there was hardly a bite leftover! Since making this the first time, it’s shown up on our dinner table many more times.

I even made an easy version of Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs for busy weeknights.

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Yield: 75 meatballs

Authentic Swedish Meatballs

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

This Authentic Swedish Meatballs recipe is delicious enough for a weeknight meal, and impressive enough for guests! You'll love the creamy sauce and the sides of cucumbers and lingonberries!

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup minced onion (1 small white onion)**see note below
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

For the sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp parsley

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, minced onion, breadcrumbs, seasonings, eggs, and heavy cream. Using your hands, combine ingredients completely until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Roll mixture into 1-inch sized meatballs, packing tightly. Set aside until all the mixture is used. You should be able to make about 75 meatballs.
  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Add meatballs in a single layer with a little bit of space between each one. Cook several minutes then rotate the meatballs to cook evenly on all sides. Once cooked, remove meatballs onto a serving plate, and add more (I had to do about 3 rounds).
  4. Once all the meatballs are cooked, remove them all from the pan and add the butter for the sauce. Using a whisk, melt butter with the drippings in the pan. Sprinkle the flour over the melted butter and whisk over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add in the beef stock, salt, pepper, and allspice. Whisk until no lumps (except the possible meatball pieces from the pan). Turn heat down to low, add in the heavy cream, and simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the sauce is thickened, return the meatballs to the skillet and simmer until heated (only takes a couple minutes).
  5. To serve, sprinkle with parsley. Enjoy with mashed potatoes!

Notes

**Minced onion is easy to do! Peel your small white onion, and using a grater (or zester) rub onion over the zester (over a bowl) until the entire onion is grated. It will be a mushy, watery mess...which is exactly what you want!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 706mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 45g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on September 15, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. One of our favorite meatball recipes, ours via family recipe – but I can tell you this is very very close! I’m looking forward to making your version. I have followed you for some time, recipes are without exception delicious, easy to follow, generally 100% in our clan…there’s always that one lol Thank you and God Bless!

  2. Funny, I had been thinking about Swedish meatballs a few months back and then earlier this month, I saw your recipe. I keep forgetting the allspice and if I ever remember to pick some up, this is a meal I am going to make. Growing up with ate them with egg noodles so that is how I will make have them the first time. I am so excited. Thank you for your recipe!

  3. Wow swedish meatballs look yummy. I want to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing your experience about swedish meatballs

  4. I love this recipe…I’ve made it a number of times…although I know additions or changes make them no longer authentic it’s fun to experiment…I like adding a bit of sour cream…sometimes a table spoon of brown sugar or a tablespoon of soy sauce to the gravy portion of the recipe. I also always double the gravy portion because too much is never enough over noodles :o)

    1. I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! I know my readers always appreciate when people come back and review after making it, including any changes. You never know, others may want to add your tips and tricks to their dish 🙂

  5. So- for 40 plus years I thought I was making Authentic Swedish Meatballs with dill weed and  sour cream!!!
    They are delicious, but I guess not Authentic! Cannot remember where I got the recipe-never been to Sweden!
    Have you had them anywhere with dill and sour cream? Thanks for the eye opener!

  6. I cannot wait to try those rolled baklava and swedish meatballs are always a GIANT hit in our house…. We just don’t eat beef so I’ll have to sub some other meats – I know they won’t be quite the same:/  But I just love swedish meatballs, and your sauce looks heavenly!  Never seen lingonberry served alongside before.  Thats fun;) 

  7. I can’t wait to try this recipe – they look so delicious! When can we go back to Stockholm again?!?!?! It was SUCH a dream!!!

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