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Ikea Style Swedish Meatballs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins

We love visiting Ikea for the long store walk, and of coarse their Swedish meatballs. Here’s our homemade version of their Swedish meatballs.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 44 meatballs
Author: Nelson Cardoso
  • 2 + 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lbs lean ground pork
  • 1 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 large eggs, beaten, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour (or allpurpose)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cups 35% cream (whipping cream)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  1. Place the pork, beef, bread crumbs, onion, eggs, allspice, worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper in a large bowl.

    Ingredients for meatballs
  2. Mix the ingredients well with your (washed) hands.

  3. Using a small spring loaded cookie scoop (or a table spoon measure), measure a loaded scoop of the ground meat mix.

  4. Place the meat mixture in your hand, and roll it around between the palms of your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on a tray.

  5. Repeat the last two steps until all the meat is used up.

    Raw meatballs
  6. Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a large pan, on medium high.

  7. Carefully place 1/2 the meatballs in the pan and brown them. Make sure to keep rotating them to ensure all sides are browned evenly. This should take about 3 to 4 minutes.

  8. Place all the browned meatballs on a tray.

    Browned meatballs
  9. Add the last tbsp of oil to the pan, heat it up and repeat the last two steps. All meatballs should be browned and set aside on a tray.

  10. Add the butter to the pan and reduce the temperature to medium.

  11. Once the butter's melted, add the flour and start whisking.

  12. Keep whisking for about 3 minutes. The flour will be completely dissolved into the butter to form a smooth, thick consistency. This is a roux, also known as a thickener.

  13. Add the broth, cream, and remaining salt and pepper.

  14. Turn the heat up to medium high and whisk until the liquid thickens to gravy consistency. This should take about 5 minutes.

  15. Add all the meatballs into the pan and let them cook until they're cooked through. This should take about 6 minutes.

  16. The meatballs are ready to serve. Enjoy!