Swedish meatballs

Homemade. Hearty. Traditional. This dish is so authentically Swedish, you'll find it on the menu at IKEA. Comes together faster than assembling a SÄLLSKAP, NORRÅKER, or BÖRJE. (All chairs...)
Homemade. Hearty. Traditional. This dish is so authentically Swedish, you'll find it on the menu at IKEA. Comes together faster than assembling a SÄLLSKAP, NORRÅKER, or BÖRJE. (All chairs...)
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

Meatballs
  • ½ ½ yellow onionyellow onions
  • 1 lb 450 g ground beef or ground pork or a mix
  • 4 oz. 110 g cream cheese
  • 1 1 eggeggs
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch ground allspice
  • 3 tablespoons 3 tablespoons butter
Cream sauce
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 oz. 50 g cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce (optional)
  • salt and pepper
For serving
  • 1 lb 450 g cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons 4 tablespoons lingonberries or frozen cranberries

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Grate or chop the onion finely and put in a bowl with the ground meat. Add the other ingredients and mix well.
  2. Wet your hands, and roll the mixture into meatballs that are approximately 1 inch in diameter.
  3. Add butter to a frying pan and fry the meatballs over medium heat until fully cooked through.

Cream sauce

  1. Cook the cream and cream cheese in a saucepan. Mix in the left over juices from the frying pan used to cook the meatballs. For a thinner sauce, dilute with a couple of tablespoons of water.
  2. Add soy sauce if you prefer a sauce with a darker color and saltier taste.
  3. Lower the heat and let simmer for a couple of minutes or until you reach the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Cauliflower and lingonberries

  1. Boil cauliflower florets in lightly-salted water until just softened. Mash gently with a fork into chunky pieces for serving.
  2. Heat the lingonberries or cranberries in a couple of tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Mash gently using a fork. Add a small amount of honey or other sweetener; just enough to take the bitter edge off the berries.

Tip!

Lingonberries are a staple in Scandinavian cuisine. They grow in forested areas, and the taste is similar to cranberries, but not as bitter.