Easy Swedish meatballs. This comfort food recipe has delicious meatballs and the perfect creamy brown gravy Swedish meatball sauce to put on top of them all cooked in one pan.
Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Homemade swedish meatballs are an easy to make comfort food recipe that is perfect for dinner. It has all the feels of comfort food with every bite that you take. You can serve these meatballs as a main dish or as an appetizer. Either way everyone will love them.
Does anyone else like going to Ikea just for the food? I might be alone, I might not be but I have to admit that I used to go to Ikea for the food when I lived close to one. When I would take a trip to Ikea I always stopped and grabbed some frozen yogurt and the Swedish meatballs. They are my favorite the Swedish meatballs recipe ever, well aside from this copy cat recipe.
Since moving it is now a long drive to Ikea so instead of taking the long drive I thought it would be best to come up with my own recipe. I came up with this Swedish meatballs Ikea Copy cat recipe and I can now enjoy them whenever I want to. If you are a fan of the Ikea meatballs then you are going to love this easy the Swedish meatballs recipe. I might even say that these are better than the ones you get at Ikea!
What are Swedish Meatballs
Swedish meatballs are a tasty homemade meatball dish that has a creamy sauce. They are similar to Italian meatballs but traditionally are smaller and use nutmeg seasoning instead of Italian seasonings and they have a creamy brown gravy sauce that goes with them. The creamy brown gravy is made with beef broth and sour cream that has a savory rich flavor.
What is Swedish Meatball Sauce Made with?
Traditionally Swedish meatballs are not served with a sauce, but in the United States Swedish meatballs normally served with a brown gravy sauce. The brown gravy sauce is made with the juice from cooking the meatballs, butter, beef broth, flour and sour cream.
Swedish Meatballs Ingredients
- ground beef
- olive oil
- bread crumbs
- egg yolks
- ground nutmeg
- unsalted butter
- all-purpose flour
- beef broth
- sour cream
- Kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
How to Make Swedish Meatballs
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg yolks, nutmeg and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper, stir until well combined.
Roll the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs and put the meatballs on a plate.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. While the oil is heating dice the onion.
And add the diced onion, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Next, add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet.
Add the meatballs and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Once cooked, transfer the meatballs to a plate lined with paper towel.
To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet with the juices from the meatballs cooking (this is where the flavors are at). Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
Gradually whisk in beef broth, whisking constantly until slightly thickened about 1-2 minutes.
Stir in sour cream and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Stir in meatballs, cook until thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
What to Serve with Swedish Meatballs
Swedish meatballs are traditionally served with a potato side dish, smashed potatoes, baked potatoes, hasselback potatoes, twice baked potatoes or mashed potatoes are great options. You can also serve them with pasta, we like to serve them over egg noodles with the sauce. A green veggies will then round out the meal, and we like to make roasted broccoli, corn on the cob, and Ratatouille.
Tips for making this recipe
Use Pork. If you want to you can use half ground beef and half ground pork when you are making these meatballs.
Meatballs size. If you are serving as a dinner I suggest making larger meatballs and making 16 meatballs. If you are serving as an appetizer I suggest making them smaller and making 24 meatballs.
Use a whisk when adding the flour. You will get a much better gravy sauce if you whisk everything together to make the gravy instead of stirring with a spoon.
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Swedish Meatballs Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 onion diced
- 2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup bread crumb
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups beef broth
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg yolks, nutmeg and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper, stir until well combined.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
- Roll the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet.
- Add meatballs and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
- To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
- Gradually whisk in beef broth, whisking constantly until slightly thickened about 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in meatballs, cook until thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
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