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Swedish Meatballs

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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 40 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 60 minutes

Recipe adapted from
Original publication date December 15, 2022



1 lb​ G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified ground beef

1 lb G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified ground pork

¼ cup flat leaf parsley, minced

½ tsp ground allspice

½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

2 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper, freshly ground

4 cloves garlic, minced

¾ cup panko breadcrumbs

2 eggs

2 tbsp olive oil


Cream Gravy

½ cup butter

½ cup flour*

4 cups beef broth

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tbsp lemon juice

¼ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup heavy cream


  • In a large bowl, mix the beef, pork, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, grated onion, salt, pepper, garlic, panko and eggs until combined. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, measure out the meat mixture into 1.5 inch balls.
  • In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides. Set aside.
  • When all of the meatballs are browned, pour off any excess grease in the pan, into a safe container. Lower the heat to medium and add the butter to the pan. When the butter begins to bubble, sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the beef broth to the pan slowly, so the gravy stays thick.
  • Whisk the gravy until the broth is all incorporated. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, allspice, and nutmeg. Whisk a few more times. Slowly add the cream.
  • Once the gravy begins to simmer (don’t boil!), add the meatballs back into the pan.
  • Simmer until the gravy has thickened and the meatballs are cooked all the way through (165 degrees Fahrenheit on the inside), about 8-10 minutes.
  • Move to a serving bowl, insert toothpicks, and serve warm.

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