Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe

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Recently, I discussed my love for meatballs and my quest to find easy meatball recipes. This is a never ending task and at some point, I’m probably going to be the only one willing to eat meatballs. But we’ll see how far I can push the family until that point. My next search was for an easy Swedish meatball recipe. And I’ll tell you why. When I was growing up, Swedish meatballs were one of my favorite foods. I could eat that all day, every day. And this was before I discovered the tasty version from IKEA.

Need an idea for dinner? Try this easy Swedish meatball recipe!

And if you’re like me and wondering just what makes a Swedish meatball Swedish… here’s what I’ve found out:

  • Swedish meatballs are generally bite sized as opposed to meatballs that just come in all sizes
  • Swedish meatballs are served with a creamy gravy
  • Swedish meatballs are usually fried instead of being boiled or baked
  • Swedish meatballs will sometimes use bread crumbs that have been soaked in milk, giving them a softer texture

Of course when I tried making my own Swedish meatballs at home, I knew the biggest struggle for me would be making them bite sized.

The sauce reminded me of a stroganoff style sauce so I didn’t think that would be too much of a problem.

And the recipe that I ended up with reminded me very much of the Swedish meatballs that I would have as a child. Though I felt better about this one since it was homemade and I knew exactly what was going into both the meatballs and the sauce.

Yield: 24

Easy Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs are so easy to make! Much easier than you might think.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

For Meatballs

  • 1 package Meatloaf mix (ground beef, veal, pork- alternately substitue 1 pound of ground beef)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 box Pork Stove Top Stuffing Mix

For Sauce

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestshire sauce

Instructions

For Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and in a large bowl, combine all ingredients for meatballs. Form into small balls (about the size of your palm) for more "traditional" Swedish Meatballs
  2. Place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 20 to 25 minutes
  3. When done, let cool before adding to sauce

For Sauce

  1. In a large sauce pan or soup pan, begin by melting butter. Once butter has melted, sprinkle in the flour and mix together until well blended. Let cook for a few minutes on low to medium heat.
  2. Once combined and the flour is a golden brown color, add milk and Worcestshire sauce. Whisk to mix

Overall, Kyle and I really enjoyed this recipe though the next time we make it, I might try soaking the stuffing in a little but of milk. We have also tried this recipe with frozen chopped spinach though that does take away from the Swedish aspect.

Another variation is to add about 1/4 cup of sour cream to your sauce. Optional, of course, but I love the resulting flavor. And speaking of flavor: kick it up a touch by adding sauted onions and mushrooms.

But I did finally get a bite sized meatball!

Do you like Swedish meatballs?

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Kori

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Kori is a late diagnosed neurodivergent mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, and coach; Kori shares neurodivergent life in a neurotypical world while helping others to do the same. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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