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Swedish Meatballs classic recipe

Updated on January 15, 2011

Swedish meatballs are a very popular dish. I make mine with ground beef, alternately, you can usea mixture of ground beef and ground pork. You can also try it with ground turkey, but it doesn't always yield enough drippings to make the gravy.

Swedish meatballs have even made it to outer space, as in this scene from Babylon Five.


1 pound ground beef or 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound ground pork
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
3/8 cup dry bread crumbs or oatmeal
3/8 cup water
1/8 cup milk
1/2 cup half and half
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon instant beef boullon
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Mix ground turkey, bread crumbs, milk, egg, onion and spices. Shape mix into 1 inch balls.

Place meatballs in13 x 9 pans, and cook uncovered in 350 degrees oven for about 20 minutes.

Remove meatballs to serving dish, keep warm. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons pan drippings in saucepan, stir in flour. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mix is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat.

Stir in water, half and half, bouillon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.

Boil and stir for one minute, pour over meatballs that you were keeping warm.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.


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