Swedish Meatballs

For something a little different but delicious, try these Swedish Meatballs! I love these but I just don’t make them often enough. The fresh grated nutmeg really brings out the awesome flavor in these. It’s not too late to make these for Valentines Day…

4 servings

Prep/Cook time – 1 hour

Ingredients for the meatballs…
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
Ingredients for the gravy…
  • 1 – 14 oz can beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the meatballs, mix the panko and the heavy cream in a mixing bowl and allow to soak while you chop the onion, parsley and garlic. Add the onion, garlic, parsley, nutmeg, worchesterchire sauce, egg, mustard and salt and pepper to the panko mixture and blend well. Add the ground chuck and mix well.

Scoop the meatballs with a scoop. Roll them into balls and place on a tray. turn a large sauce pan on medium heat and melt the ghee. Place the meatballs carefully into the pan and brown them well, turning as needed. Turn oven on to bake at 300. degrees. when the meatballs are browned well, turn sauce pan on low heat remove the meatballs to a sheet pan on a sheet pan and place in the oven for 30 minutes to finish cooking.

Add the flour, nutmeg , Worcestershire sauce and mustard to the pan drippings and stir well to make a roux. Cook and stir until the roux is browned and bubbly. Add the beef broth and stir to blend. Add the heavy cream and stir until bubbly and thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. When the meatballs are done, add them to the gravy. Serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Top with chopped parsley.

Suggested music for your listening pleasure while preparing these….

“Meatballs” by Rick Dees from the “Meatballs” movie soundtrack released in 1979.

“The Best of Abba” Released in November 1975.

I used a “Copper Chef ” sauce pan to cook these meatballs. To see the link to Amazon, click on the picture below…

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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.

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