Friday, November 6

Fast Food on a Friday: Swedish Meatballs

If you're like me, any trip to Ikea wouldn't be complete without picking up a couple of bags of frozen meatballs.  But in my effort to be both frugal and slow-food conscious and also just have the satisfaction of making something from scratch, I decided to have a go at making my own.

The meatball mix I made below, made us two meals - roughly 60 meatballs.  These freeze well so I figured why not make two lots... I'd also use this quantity if serving them as canapes.  you could serve it with the sauce as a dipping sauce.

500 grams beef mince
500 grams pork mince
3 potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 cup breadcrumbs, lightly toasted (or make breadcrumbs from toast!)
2 eggs
3/4 cup cream
salt and pepper

1tsp beef stock powder
200ml water
100ml cream
splash of soy sauce
2 tb cornflour

Mix all meatball ingredients together in bowl.  Mix thoroughly at first with a spoon, then when liquid is evenly distributed, mix it up with your hands!

Heat about 3 tb butter in a frypan, when hot, add walnut-sized meatballs and fry for about 2-3 minutes and turn over gently.  Transfer to baking tray, add butter to frypan as required, and repeat until all done!

Then make your sauce!
Basically combine water, cream, stock powder, soy sauce and pepper, sprinkle cornflour on top and whisk over medium heat until smooth

Allow to simmer and thicken.

Pour over your meatballs, or in bowl to dip if serving as canapes
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5 lovely comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on November 6, 2009 at 3:40 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Ooh very nice! How do they compare to the Ikea ones? They look just like them! :)

Liss on November 6, 2009 at 4:11 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

You know, they taste the same except better - they're more melty-in-the-mouthy. Very moorish actually!

Rina the Mama Bear on November 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Nom nom nom fantastic post, thanks for submitting to the MIFS carnival!!

Amanda on September 27, 2010 at 11:58 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I made Swedish meatballs recently, and they had dill in them. Not a huge fan of dill, so I think I will try your recipe next for comparison.

THe lingonberry jam that they serve these with at IKEA is yummy! ANd of course they sell that in jars too.

katie clews said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

oh yum!! just read this recipe now.. Seeing as we live about 400km from an Ikea store, this is definately on my list this week to cook for us and the kids.. Thanks again Liss for posting..


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