The Swedish meatballs

Ok, I have to say THE Swedish meatballs because this is one of the things Sweden is famous for. Meatballs. Maybe you have tried meatballs at IKEA, but that is not what a Swede call meatballs. Every Swede has his own recipe. It’s a very simple meal, but each recipe has often a long family tradition. So I am going to give you the recipe that my grandma used when serving meatballs to me and my siblings when we were kids.

Ingredients (for 4 pers):

  • 1.3 lb minced meat (50% beef, 50% pork)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2.5 tsp bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • Salt, black pepper, oregano, butter

Start with mixing milk and bread crumbs in a bowl. Let it rest for 10 minutes and the mixed milk will get thicker. Peel and finely grate the onion. Place the minced meat in a bowl and add the milk mix, onion, mustard and egg. Mix it carefully. Season the mix with salt, pepper and oregano (more than you think).

Make the meatballs equal in size. Fry one meatball and taste it so you make sure you have enough seasonal. Fry the meatballs in a pan with butter until golden brown. Make sure to not place too many meatballs in the pan at the same time, that will make them cook instead of fry.

In Scandinavia we normally serve our meatballs with potatoes or mashed potatoes, a brown sauce and pickled gherkin.

Smaklig måltid!


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