Swedish Meatballs: Quick and Easy Meals
We’re big fans of the smörgåsbord, the Swedish buffet-style meal where groaning plates of herring, cheeses, salads, sausages, and vegetables present a perfect Scandinavian feast. And no smörgåsbord worth its salt would be without köttbullar (Swedish meatballs). They’re hearty, meaty party food (small enough so that they’re easy to eat while you’re mingling), and, served with a side of buttery noodles (sprinkled with parsley) or mashed potatoes, they’re a great entrée for nights when you don’t have time to fuss. If you’d like to make the meal authentically Swedish, serve your meatballs with a side of lingonberry jam or preserves.
You don’t have to lay out a smörgåsbord to make Swedish meatballs. Just follow this Swedish Meatballs recipe, which calls for a mixture of ground beef, pork, and veal (a traditional meat loaf mix) for more flavor and a moister meatball. Mixed with chopped onion, bread crumbs, egg, and milk, these Swedish meatballs are tender. They’re served up with a creamy beef sauce that has a surprise—coffee crystals are added to it for depth.
If you want to opt for an all-beef Swedish meatball, try this recipe. Leaner than the first recipe, it calls for lean ground beef and low-fat half-and-half.
For a step-by-step guide while you’re cooking, watch this video, “How to Make Swedish Meatballs.”