Swedish Meatballs

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Swedish Meatballs

A few weeks ago, I was craving Swedish meatballs. It was an unusual craving… maybe the leftover cranberry sauce in my fridge was calling me, or the need for something deeply savory that paired perfectly with my other craving for potatoes au gratin. 

Anyhow, I decided to double this very popular Raddish recipe. My rationale: if I’m going to the effort of making meatballs, I might as well make a big enough batch to freeze some for another night. 

Thanks to my cookie scoop (#meatballhack), I quickly had 48 meatballs prepped and ready to bake before I picked up my daughter from art class. I left them on a sheet pan on the counter, potatoes bubbling in the oven, and patted myself on the back for my A+ dinner game. 

20 minutes later, I walked in the door and the house was quiet. I had a sense of dread as I turned into the kitchen, where I spotted our dog Bowdie with 2 legs on the counter licking his chops. 

Assessing the damage up close, just 6 meatballs remained. 

SIX! For those counting, that means 42 meatballs –  nearly 2 lbs of raw meat, carefully seasoned and mixed and shaped with love by MY hands – had been devoured by my dog. 

I yelled! I stomped! I had a full-blown adult temper tantrum.

Then I took a deep breath, poured a big glass of wine, and baked 6 meatballs and a frozen pizza. Cheers to accepting the things we cannot change, and then moving on to just get dinner on the table!

Coat bite-sized meatballs in savory gravy for a classic Swedish dish.

  • Active Kitchen Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


  • ½ lb lean ground beef
  • ½ lb lean ground pork
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • cranberry or lingonberry jam (optional, for serving)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 egg

Supper Smarts:

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve with egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Add a salad or sliced cucumbers!

  • Speed it Up: Scoop meat quickly using an ice cream scooper and just let balls be a little lumpy. They still taste delicious and will be much quicker to make!

  • Make Ahead: Prepare extra meatballs and freeze leftovers – this makes a great freezer meal.


Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Grease with cooking spray.
Crack 1 egg in large bowl. Throw away shells and wash your hands. Whisk until smooth.
Add ¼ cup milk, ½ cup breadcrumbs, 1 tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp onion powder, and ¼ tsp ground allspice. Whisk.
Add ½ lb lean ground beef and ½ lb lean ground pork.
Use your hands to mix meat thoroughly.
Shape meat into 1-inch mini meatballs. Set on baking sheet and wash hands.
Bake meatballs 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare gravy. Melt 3 Tbsp butter in skillet over medium-high heat.
Add 3 Tbsp flour. Cook 3 minutes, whisking frequently, until golden brown.
Add 1 ½ cups beef broth and ½ tsp kosher salt. Bring to boil. Cook until thickened, whisking occasionally, about 3 min.
Turn off heat. Stir in ¼ cup heavy cream.
Use tongs to add meatballs to gravy. Serve with cranberry or lingonberry jam, if desired. TASTE & SHARE!

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Gina(Aria) Lennon January 29, 2024 @ 07:12 AM
My granddaughter Aria who is 10, she had a great time making Orange Cranberry Bread and the Swedish Meatballs. She did so great and it was her first time cooking on a stove! She was so excited and can hardly wait to make Australian food next time, plus something that comes in the February box!!

Her dad(my son) and my hubby at 2 helpings of the meatballs! I am so happy I found this for her, me and our little family

James January 27, 2024 @ 03:56 PM

Okay, while these are not IKEA meatballs, you do have to assemble them yourself so it does balance out. It’s hard to beat a classic, but holy @!#+&* you’ve knocked this one out of the park. This is a KISS recipe that has truly been Kept It Stupid Simple. Rolling the meatballs was the most tedious and time consuming part of the recipe. I have a feeling it will find itself in our regular meal rotation.

Laura Glanner January 22, 2024 @ 05:54 PM
Your recipes are always crowd pleasers!
Madeleine January 22, 2024 @ 05:53 PM
It was a simple and quick meal to make. I would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in food!
Meaghan January 18, 2024 @ 04:09 PM
The gravy was great, the meatballs too! Thank you!