Savory Tradition: Authentic Swedish Meatballs

With a beloved classic—Swedish Meatballs—set out on a culinary journey to the heart of Sweden. These tender and flavorful meatballs are a beloved dish with international acclaim for their rich flavor and cozy comfort. As you savor these delectable meatballs, often served with lingonberry sauce and creamy gravy, feel the warmth of Swedish hospitality.


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Butter or oil (for cooking)

For the Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

For Serving:

  • Lingonberry sauce (optional)
  • Fresh chopped parsley (for garnish)
  • Mashed potatoes or egg noodles


1. Meatball Mix: In a bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, finely chopped onion, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, salt, and black pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combined.

2. Roll and Shape: Take small portions of the meat mixture and roll them into meatballs, roughly the size of a walnut. Place the shaped meatballs on a plate.

3. Searing Beauty: In a large skillet, heat a bit of butter or oil over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the skillet, working in batches if necessary, and sear them until they’re browned on all sides. This gives them a flavorful crust.

4. Perfect Gravy: Once the meatballs are seared, remove them from the skillet and set them aside. In the same skillet, melt butter

for the gravy. Stir in the all-purpose flour and cook for a minute or two to create a roux.

5. Creamy Infusion: Gradually whisk in the beef or vegetable broth and heavy cream. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens and forms a smooth gravy.

6. Return of the Meatballs: Gently return the seared meatballs to the skillet, making sure they’re coated with the creamy gravy. Let the meatballs simmer in the gravy for a few minutes to absorb the flavors.

7. Lingonberry Elegance: Serve the Swedish Meatballs over a bed of mashed potatoes or egg noodles. If desired, accompany them with a side of lingonberry sauce for a touch of sweetness.

8. Garnish and Enjoy: Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over the meatballs for a burst of color and freshness. As you savor each bite, you’ll appreciate the rich blend of spices and the tender texture of these classic Swedish delights.

Conclusion: Swedish Meatballs are a timeless comfort food that brings together the heartiness of meat with the sophistication of spices and creamy gravy. Whether enjoyed with lingonberry sauce or on their own, these meatballs exemplify the heartwarming and flavorful traditions of Swedish cuisine. Share this dish with loved ones or enjoy it as a solo treat, knowing that each bite carries the essence of comfort and culinary heritage.