Making Swedish Meatballs at home is easier than you may think… and you’ll save yourself some preservatives and money in the process. The meatballs are definitely the star of the dish and it’s distinct flavor comes from the use of spices like nutmeg and allspice.
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup half & half or heavy cream
- 2 medium sized dinner rolls, torn into small pieces
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1 small onion, grated on large holes of box grater
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 pound ground beef (80-85% lean)
- vegetable oil for frying (optional) – see tip below
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1 cup caramelized mushrooms (optional)
- 1/2 cup half & half or heavy cream (optional)
- 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
For the Meatballs:
Whisk egg and cream together in medium bowl. Stir in bread and set aside.
Meanwhile, in stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat pork, onion, nutmeg, allspice, pepper, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder on high speed until smooth and pale, about 2 minutes, scraping bowl as necessary.
Using fork, mash bread mixture until no large dry bread chunks remain; add mixture to mixer bowl and beat on high speed until smooth and homogeneous, about 1 minute, scraping bowl as necessary.
Add beef and mix on medium-low speed until just incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping bowl as necessary.
Using a small or medium ice cream scoop, form meatballs with wet hands and set aside; repeat with remaining mixture to form 25 to 30 meatballs.
Heat oil in 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat until edge of meatball dipped in oil sizzles (oil should register 350 degrees on instant-read thermometer), 3 to 5 minutes. Add meatballs in single layer and fry, flipping once halfway through cooking, until lightly browned all over and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. (Adjust heat as needed to keep oil sizzling but not smoking.) Using slotted spoon, transfer browned meatballs to paper towel-lined plate.
Tip: rather than frying your meatballs, use a mini muffin pan and bake them instead! Spray the mini muffin pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking and place your meatballs in each well. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove and use in the recipe as directed.
For the Sauce:
Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add butter. When foaming subsides, add flour and cook, whisking constantly, until flour is light brown, about 30 seconds. Slowly whisk in broth. Add brown sugar and caramelized mushrooms and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium and cook until sauce is reduced to about 1 cup, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream (if using) and return to simmer.
Add meatballs to sauce and simmer, turning occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and serve.