Sweden: more than just IKEA

May 29, 2007 · 3 comments

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Tonight I decided to make Swedish meatballs for the first time. I have always really liked them, but for whatever reason, never really thought to make them. I got a recipe from Allrecipes, for which I alread had all the ingredients on hand. Since I can’t follow a recipe to save my life, I modified it a bit. Here is my version.

Swedish Meatballs

Adapted from AllRecipes
1 cup evaporated milk, divided
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
olive oil
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. allspice
Dash pepper
1 pound ground beef
1 Tbsp butter
1.5 cups beef stock/strong broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Heat a skillet and add a little olive oil. Sweat onions with a pinch of salt until translucent. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup evaporated milk with breadcrumbs. Stir to combine and set aside for several minutes.

To the breadcrumb mixture, stir in onions, yolk, salt, allspice and pepper. Add meat and mix until just combined. Shape meat mixture into 1-in. balls.

In large skillet, melt butter and cook meatballs. Remove from skillet (you may want to keep in a warmed oven).

In same skillet, cook flour (add more butter if necessary) 1-2 minutes.

Slowly whisk in beef broth and simmer to thicken.

Add remaining 3/4 cup evaporated milk and heat through.  Season to taste.

Return meatballs to skillet, and add lemon juice.

We had this over whole wheat egg noodles tossed with some poppy seeds, and a salad on the side.

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