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How To Make Swedish Meatballs

How To Make Swedish Meatballs

This popular appetiser is just the thing for your next party. The seasoned meat and the savoury sauce will always be among the first snacks to disappear. Learn how to make Swedish meatballs in the comfort of your own home.


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Step 1: You will need:

  • 350 g ground beef
  • 150 g ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 100 ml milk
  • 60 g bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • for the sauce:
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • 240 ml beef broth
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 spoon
  • 2 trays
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 set of tongs
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 whisk

Step 2: Mix the ingredients

Spoon the beef into a bowl. Follow with the pork, egg, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, white pepper, allspice and the onion. Mix it all together with a spoon until everything is fully combined.

Step 3: Make the meatballs

Take a spoonful of the meat. Roll it around in the palm of your hand to shape it into a small ball. Give it a final mould with your fingers and place it onto a tray. Repeat until all the meat has been made into balls.

Step 4: Cook the meatballs

Place the frying pan on a medium to high heat and allow to get hot. Add half of the oil and let it heat through. When the oil is sufficiently hot, add some of the meatballs. You may need to fry them in batches, depending on the size of your pan. Fry them for a couple of minutes. Using your tongs, turn them over to fry on the other side. When they are a crispy brown, remove them from the pan, transfer them onto a tray and fry the second batch.

Step 5: Make the sauce

Discard most of the oil in the pan, leaving about 2 tablespoons.
Add the flour and whisk it into the oil. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to add extra flavour. Add the wine and the beef broth. Let it come to a boil, whilst whisking continuously and season with salt and pepper. Let it boil for a few minutes, still whisking, helping the sauce to thicken. Add the sour cream and whisk in. Place the meatballs back into the sauce.

Step 6: Garnish and serve

Add the chopped parsley. Mix the balls well into the sauce to ensure that they are fully coated. Spoon them onto a serving plate. They are now ready to be served hot.