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Swedish Meatballs

Meatballs, the most Swedish of foods, as we know from the Swedish Chef in the Muppet Show. Swedish women pride themselves in their ability to create perfectly round and golden brown meatballs. It must be genetic, because I have never been able to turn out one single round meatball. But, whatever their shape, my meatballs taste pretty good.


Servings 4


  • 1 dl 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 dl 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1 dl 1/2 cup water
  • 200 gram 7 oz ground beef
  • 200 gram 7 oz ground lean pork
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons grated yellow onion
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter


  • Mix the breadcrumbs, cream and water; set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Work together the beef, pork, salt, allspice and onion. Gradually add the breadcrumbs, then the egg. Blend well and fry a sample to test the seasoning.
  • Shape into balls. Heat part of the margarine or butter in a skillet. When the foam subsides, add 10 to 15 meatballs. Cook over moderate heat until the meatballs are beautifully brown and cooked through.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and keep hot while cooking the remaining meatballs. Serve with lingonberry preserve.

Photo by anokarina

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