Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Swedish Meatballs

Can you believe I moved to this country without asking either of my parents for their meatball recipe? How can a Swedish girl survive without Swedish meatballs? I guess I could've just emailed them, but for some reason I didn't. Maybe I was really hungry and needed the recipe ASAP. Anyways, I brought a bunch of cook books with me from home and one of them was a cook book I got in 7th grade that's all about meat. So that's the recipe I've been using for 8½ years now. (Mamma,or pappa, there's room in my inbox if you ever find yourselves wondering what to fill your time with.)

Here is the recipe from the Meat Book:
(The recipe is in metric but I'll try to convert it the best I can without giving you measurements like 3.87562973465i47 cups of whatever. Yes, because lower case i's normally appear when converting.) 

(4 servings)
1 lbs ground beef (or chuck, or something like that)
1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp potato flour (or 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs)  
I use bread crumbs. I think you could use leftover potatoes too.
2/3 cup water, milk or beef stock basically some form of liquid. Some people use heavy cream.
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/5 tsp black pepper  
measure that one without metric cups, ha! (I do have a tiny little thing for that, but does anyone ever use it, I wonder?)
1 tbsp grated raw onion
(If you're making these for Christmas add a little bit of ground allspice. But not too much.)

 1. Mix rolled oats, potato flour and liquid, or bread crumbs and liquid. Let sit for 10 min.
 2. Add egg, salt, black pepper and onion.
3. Add ground meat. Work it all together, but not  too long or it will turn all "thread-y" on you. Well, it is my blog. I can translate how ever I want. Believe me, you do not want your meat thread-y. That would result in dry meatballs.
4. Fry a little piece of meat to make sure it tastes right. You don't want to roll all of your meatballs and fry 'em up just to realize you were way low on the salt. Been there, done that. If you're brave enough you could taste it raw. I'm not!
5. Wet your hands in cold water and roll little meatballs. Don't make them Italian meatball big. Think tootsie pop. Well, maybe not that small. 
 6. Fry the meatballs in a frying pan until evenly browned.
 7. My book says to put them in a pot once they are beautifully browned and keep frying them without added liquid for about 5-10 minutes on low. I put mine in the oven.
If you want gravy, and who doesn't, rinse the frying pan with some water after every turn. 
 Make sure not to use burnt grease. Pour the drippings in a pan and add beef stock until you have about 1 2/3 cups of liquid. Mix 2 tbsp flour with some cold water. Add to pan and stir. Bring to a boil and let boil for 3-5 minutes. Add a little bit of cream or half and half. You might need some more salt and pepper. And here is the secret to a good gravy. Sugar! A little bit of sugar or jam and it will be delicious. Lingonberry jam is da bomb with this!

I love my meatballs with boiled potatoes, gravy and lingonberry jam. How do you like yours?
The only thing missing is the lingon berries.

I also want to let you know that you don't have to roll the meat into meatballs. This meat is also great for little patties. Try making patties with a small piece of cheese in the center. That is delish!


  1. Sounds yummy! Question on the gravy. You say that you should rinse the pan after every turn. Do you take all the meatballs out, and then rinse it and put them all back in? Are you draining off the fat and saving it? Or are you rinsing the pan so the fat doesn't burn? Thanks! :)

  2. I fry a few meatballs, take them out (put them in the casserole dish to put in the oven later) pour a little bit of water in the pan, wisk around, strain away the big pieces, save the liquid for later, put in a new dab of butter and start all over again. When all the meatballs are fried I'm left with about 2/3 of a glass of liquid for the gravy base. I hope that clarifies it.

  3. I just read you blog and realized the meatballs you made for me were flat with cheese in them, what do you call them? These sound great too.

  4. "ostbiffar" cheese patties would probably be a decent translation. I can make either kind for you when you get here.

  5. mmm va gott, means delicious, I better send you some lingonberry jam :)And Linda,find myself wondering what to fill my time with? you must be kidding, you always makes planes for me, remember:) Love you.


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