Sunday, 5 July 2015

Swedish Meatballs

Carole's Chatter: Swedish Meatballs

I had Swedish Meatballs at Ikea once.  So I decided to try to make my own. And they turned out well – although different.

The ingredients:

500g minced pork
1 egg
2 tablesp of finely chopped onion
½ cup breadcrumbs
2 cold boiled potatoes
Salt, white pepper and allspice (I used mace because I didn't have any allspice)

I cooked the onion until it was soft.  Then while it was cooling, I popped the potatoes into a bowl and mashed them, added the egg and the moistened breadcrumbs and the meat.  Then the seasoning.  And then the onions. 

After mixing it up with my trusty wooden spoon I formed it into smallish roundish balls by rolling them on a floured board.  I managed to get the sizes relatively even by using an ice cream scoop and then dividing that amount in 2 by eye.

Fry the meatballs gently in butter – with a touch of oil as well to stop the butter burning.

I kept the meatballs warm in a low oven (which also meant I could be sure they were properly cooked through).

I didn't serve them with the Ikea style gravy but with an artisanal spicy tomato and smoked chipotle sauce that we had.

I liked the texture of these meatballs and will be adding potato to my meatballs in future. It lightened them up quite a bit


  1. These sound delicious! I've never tried putting potato in meatballs--sounds like a great idea.

  2. Oh, I like everything you put into these meatballs. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. That sounds yummy -- I like the sound of your sauce instead of gravy, too.

  4. I too like the idea of using potato in the meatballs. I'm going to have to give that a go. You can put me in the camp that prefers a tomato sauce to gravy.

  5. I never thought of using an ice cream scoop, that's brilliant!

  6. That would use up a bit of left-over boiled potatoes very nicely. Sounds yummy.

  7. I have heard the Ikea swedish meatballs are good, but I would never have guessed to put potato in. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. I've had the Ikea ones once before as well but Im sure your homemade ones are a million times healthier and tastier!


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