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Swedish Meatballs are tender meatballs made with ground beef and ground pork smothered in a sour cream gravy.
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Raise your hand if you’re a huge fan of Ikea! Me, me, me!! But do you go for the incredible deals on cute Swedish merchandise or the food? I’d have to say the latter. Where else can you get a delicious plate full of meatballs and gravy for just a few bucks?
At home. In your kitchen. Because now you have this tasty Ikea copycat Swedish Meatball Recipe in your corner.
I grew up eating Swedish Meatballs that my grandma would make with this creamy, sour cream based gravy. The Ikea meatballs are different than what I remember my grandma making, but they are a bit of a cultural phenomenon here in the US.
I use two different kinds of meat (pork and beef), and add some allspice. That’s what gives these meatballs a completely different flavor than traditional the Italian style. They have a warmth to them that is incredibly homey.
The ingredients are very straightforward, which I love, and can most kitchens have on hand already.
Meatballs – Onion, ground beef, ground pork, eggs, Panko breadcrumbs, allspice, salt and pepper. Plus butter for browning them.
Gravy – Butter, flour, beef broth, half & half (or heavy cream), Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, salt and pepper.
This is a visual overview of the steps to make this recipe. Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.
Saute Onions – Chop up some onion very finely and saute until translucent.
Combine Meatball Mixture – In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, eggs, breadcrumbs, cooked onion, allspice, salt and pepper.
Cook Meatballs – Melt butter in a skillet and cook meatballs, turning a few times to brown each side, until cooked through to 165℉.
Make a Roux – Melt butter in a skillet, then add flour and cook for several minutes.
Make Gravy – Pour in beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and half & half or cream. Whisk the mixture constantly over medium heat until it thickens, then stir in sour cream.
Add Meatballs – Transfer the cooked meatballs into the skillet and nestle them in the gravy.
Finish and Serve – Using tongs, turn the meatballs in the gravy to fully coat them, then sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
Instead of Italian flavors like garlic and Parmesan, the Swedish variety are made with allspice. Allspice is a warm spice, similar to cinnamon or nutmeg.
They are also served with a cream based gravy, rather than in a tomato sauce.
There are typically three different sides served with a traditional Swedish Meatball recipe: Mashed Potatoes, Egg Noodles, Rice. Traditionally, they will always come with a side of with Lingonberry Jam!