Low-carb "Swedish" meatballs in gravy

Low-carb “Swedish” meatballs in gravy

While my Swedish friends tell me this isn’t truly a Swedish meatball, everyone agrees that these meatballs in gravy are delicious. And low carb! For a quick variation, you can try making this as a meatloaf and baking longer in a loaf pan.

Low-carb “Swedish” meatballs in gravy

While my Swedish friends tell me this isn’t truly a Swedish meatball, everyone agrees that these meatballs in gravy are delicious. And low carb! For a quick variation, you can try making this as a meatloaf and baking longer in a loaf pan.
USMetric
8 servingservings

Ingredients

Meatballs
  • 1 lb 450 g ground beef
  • 1 lb 450 g ground pork
  • 2 2 eggeggs
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup 125 ml ground pork rinds
  • ½ cup 125 ml parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Gravy
  • 2 cups 475 ml beef broth
  • ½ cup 125 ml sour cream
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. 50 g salted butter
  • ¼ cup 60 ml red onion, mincedred onions, minced
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch instant coffee powder (optional)
Creamy cauliflower
  • 2 lbs 900 g cauliflower
  • 7 oz. 200 g cream cheese
  • 3 oz. 75 g butter
  • salt and ground black pepper
For serving
  • 1 cup 225 ml radishradishes
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions

Instructions are for 8 servings. Please modify as needed.

Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Shape the meat mixture into 1½ inch balls.
  3. Place meatballs on a baking sheet in a single layer approximately ½” (3-5 cm) apart from each other.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until meatballs are browned and cooked thoroughly.

Keto gravy

  1. Brown the onion in butter in a large skillet.
  2. Add salt, pepper, broth, Worcestershire sauce and coffee powder. Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in the sour cream.
  3. Add the cooked meatballs to the gravy and let simmer on low for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Creamy cauliflower

  1. While the gravy is simmering, start preparing the cauliflower. Place a pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil.
  2. Divide the cauliflower into florets and add to the boiling water along with a generous pinch of salt.
  3. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until soft but not mushy.
  4. Drain the cauliflower and discard the water.
  5. Add cream cheese and butter to the pan and use a fork or a masher to mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serving tip

If you want extra-thick gravy, feel free to add 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on top of the sour cream and simmer until you thicken the gravy to the desired consistency.

Substituting pork

If you avoid pork, this recipe can be made using all ground beef or a combination of ground beef and lamb, chicken, or turkey while omitting the pork rinds.

Video

Cooking keto with Dr. Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy

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3 comments

  1. Deborah
    I am wondering how this recipe compares taste wise to the other Swedish meatballs recipe. There are no comments on either recipe.
  2. Sara
    These meatballs were delicious! The cauliflower with cream cheese was an excellent accompaniment, gave it a good sour cream flavor that you expect with meatballs. I subbed flax meal for the crushed pork rinds.
  3. Diane
    I did not like this, the meatballs were not tender and the taste was not like swedish meatballs, quite salty and missing something.

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