Swedish Meatballs are the best meatballs around. Well, that may just be my feelings, but they really are good.
If you are a long time reader of Feeding Big, you know that my Mother is from Germany. Some of the recipes I share here have roots in Germany. Many are recipes that my Oma (Grandmother) made and some are meals that my Mother made or spoke of. Swedish meatballs or frikadeller are one of the meals I remember my Oma making for us.
This recipe is a mix of one I found in a cookbook and some of the things I remember my Oma adding to the recipe. I enjoy adding a bit of freshly ground nutmeg to the recipe.
I used to homeschool my daughter and when she was about 10, we were studying the Little House on the Prairie series. We were also reading all of the Kristen book series (an American Girl doll). We happened to find a cook book that had a Swedish meatball recipe in it. We gathered the ingredients and made the recipe and loved it.
Since then, we have made Swedish meatballs often. I think my daughter’s favorite part of this meal is the gravy.
Swedish meatballs don’t really take a lot of time to cook and they are worth the effort. I usually serve these with homemade egg noodles, but in a pinch, I use egg noodles from the store. This is also great when served over mashed potatoes.
Making this dish always makes me think of my Oma, so I make sure that I take a little extra time to set the table with linens that she made. I can remember her sitting at night with her embroidery. I knew that every Christmas we would get something handmade from her.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 cub bread (about 2 slices of bread, crust off, torn in small pieces)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup half and half
- Olive oil (to coat pan)
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Place the ground beef and ground pork in a large bowl and mix together. (I use my hands to mix them). Add the diced onion, the bread, salt, pepper, nutmeg and eggs.
- Add some of the 1/2 cup of half and half. You may or not need all of it. You want the consistency of the meatballs to be a good consistency to form a meatball.
- Again, I use my hands to mix the meatballs.
- Add enough oil to your frying pan to coat the bottom.
- Form meatballs that are about 2 inches round.
- Place meatballs in the frying pan in batches. You want to have enough room to turn the meatballs.
- When the meatballs are brown on all sides, remove from the frying pan and place on a plate and brown the next batch.
- When all meatballs are browned, put them back in the frying pan and cover.
- Simmer on low for about 10 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.
- Remove the meatballs from the pan and set on a plate.
- Using a spoon, take off some of the fat from the pan. Leave the liquids and the bits and pieces that have stuck to the pan.
- Put the pan with the drippings back on the stove over a medium heat. Add the flour and stir until brown.
- Slowly add the half and half, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add meatballs and serve.
- I usually serve the meatballs over egg noodles. They are also good on mashed potatoes.
Make sure you take time to check out these other recipes from my fellow homecooks. Thanks to Sue from Palatable Pastime.
- Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Meatballs with Maple Balsamic Sauce from The Crumby Cupcake
- Cheesy Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza Meatballs from The Weekend Gourmet
- Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce from The Texan New Yorker
- Garlicky Shrimp Meatballs from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Grilled Korean Meatballs from Palatable Pastime
- Saucy Thai Meatballs from Brunch-n-Bites
- Slow Cooker Turkey Appetizer Jelly Meatballs from Noshing With The Nolands
- Stuffed Meatballs from The Freshman Cook
- Tofu Nuggets from NinjaBaker
- Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce from Pine Needles In My Salad
- Turkey Meatballs with Spinach and Goat Cheese from Our Good Life
- Russian Meatball Soup from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Main Dish Meatballs:
- All-Purpose Meatballs from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Baked Meatballs with Swiss Chard from And She Cooks
- Bourbon Baked Bean Meatballs from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Cheesy Italian Meatball Sandwich from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Deep Dish Skillet Meatball Pizza from From Gate to Plate
- Fightin’ Irish Balls from Monica’s Table
- General Tso’s Chicken Meatballs from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Grandma’s Italian Meatball Subs from Family Around The Table
- Hamballs from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Kefta Mkaouara (Moroccan Meatballs Tagine) from Curious Cuisiniere
- Keftedakia (Greek-style Meatballs) from Tramplingrose
- Kofte-Style Lamb Meatballs in a Tomato-Pepper Sauce from Caroline’s Cooking
- Meatball Subs from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Moroccan Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce from MyGourmetConnection
- Orecchiette and Meatball Skillet Dinner from Momma’s Meals
- Persian Lamb Meatballs from Food Lust People Love
- Portuguese Meatballs in Garlicky Wine Sauce from Family Foodie
- Roasted Vegetable Meatballs from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Slow Cooker Meatball Ranch Stroganoff from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Spanish Meatballs from The Chef Next Door
- Sriracha Sesame Turkey Meatballs from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Sun Dried Tomato & Bulgarian Feta Chicken Meatballs over Lemon-Spinach Orzo From Simply Healthy Family
- Swedish Meatballs (Frikadeller) from Feeding Big
- Swedish Meatballs with Zucchini Ribbons from Angels Home Sweet Homestead
- Sweet & Sour Freezer to Slow-Cooker Meatballs from Wholistic Woman
- Tajine-el-Khoukh (Algerian Stuffed Peaches) from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Thai Meatball Lettuce Wraps from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Thai Spaghetti and Meatballs from Kitchen Gidget
- Thai Red Curry Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce from kimchi MOM
- Ultimate Pasta & Meatballs from MealDiva
- Brownie Meatballs with Frosting Spaghetti from Pies and Plots
Plus Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and More Amazing Meatball Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement
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