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Homemade Swedish Meatball Recipe

Updated on March 12, 2011

Are you looking for a hearty and delicious appetizer or main dish recipe? Meatballs are always a popular choice. If you're feeling adventurous, try making your own Swedish meatballs at home. They're not difficult to make at all, and they'll taste so much better than the store-bought frozen variety.

Homemade Swedish Meatball Recipe


  • 1 pound of ground sirloin
  • ¼ cup of fine bread crumbs or fine cracker crumbs
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 and 2/3 cups of evaporated milk (separated)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 ½ cups of beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of flour


Place a large skillet and simmer that has a lid on the stove and pre-heat over medium low heat. Put the butter in the skillet and allow it to melt.

While the butter is melting, place the beef, bread or cracker crumbs, chopped onion, salt, pepper, and 2/3 of a cup of the evaporated milk into a large bowl. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Form the meat mixture into small balls.

Place the meatballs into the melted butter in the skillet and slowly brown them over medium low heat, turning regularly so that they brown evenly. Once the meatballs are browned on all sides, add the beef broth to the skillet. . Reduce the heat to low. Place the lid on the skillet and allow the meatballs to simmer for 20 minutes.

While the meatballs are simmering, place the remaining one cup of the evaporated milk and the flour in a small bowl. Whisk until the flour is completely dissolved.

At the end of the 20 minutes, remove the lid from the skillet and add the flour and evaporated milk mixture to the meatballs. Stir gently until everything is thoroughly combined, being careful not to crumble the meatballs.

Simmer without the lid until the sauce thickens into a hearty gravy. This process will take approximately ten minutes.

Serving Suggestions

For a main course, serve Swedish Meatballs over cooked egg noodles or steamed white Rice. Serve with a non-starchy side dish such as steamed green beans, sautéed vegetable medley, broccoli, or a cauliflower. Add a dinner roll and a salad and you will have a complete meal perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion meal.

For an appetizer, simply place meatballs in a chafing dish or slow cooker and allow guests to serve themselves with a slotted spoon. This appetizer dish is a terrific complement for traditional party and finger foods, including all kinds of dips, chips, raw veggies, crackers, and other tasty treats.


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