Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tailgate Tuesday: Swedish Meatballs

(note: Tailgate Tuesday posts are special features written for the SideLion Report from us gals of The Thrifty Table. Check in every Tuesday for a new recipe perfect for that week's tailgate party!)

For Tailgate Tuesday this week we thought an appropriate dish would be Swedish Meatballs in honor of the Lions playing the Minnesota Vikings. It is also a great dish because I am a Swede who loves Swedish Meatballs. I always look forward to taking a trip to Ikea and getting some of their delicious meatballs and lingonberry juice. It seemed about time I tried my own.

I found that one of the be
st rated recipes out there was by Alton Brown on the Food Network website so I used his recipe as a base and altered it a bit to my liking. The result was delicious. I served the meatballs over noodles but this would be a great dish to throw in a crock pot and eat with toothpicks at a tailgate. I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy it as much as we did!

Notice the lingonberry juice as our beverage of choice.

Swedish Meatballs


  • 2 slices fresh white bread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • A pinch plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 pound ground chuck
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Tear the bread into pieces and place in a small mixing bowl along with the milk. Set aside.

In a 12-inch straight sided saute pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and sweat until the onions are soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the bread and milk mixture, ground chuck, pork, egg yolks, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, black pepper, allspice, nutmeg, and onions. Beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes.

Using a scale, weigh meatballs into 1-ounce portions and place on a sheet pan. Using your hands, shape the meatballs into rounds.

Heat the remaining butter in the saute pan over medium-low heat, or in an electric skillet set to 250 degrees F. Add the meatballs and saute until golden brown on all sides, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the meatballs to an ovenproof dish using a slotted spoon and place in the warmed oven.

Once all of the meatballs are cooked, decrease the heat to low and add the flour to the pan or skillet. Whisk until lightly browned, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add the beef stock and whisk until sauce begins to thicken. Add the cream and continue to cook until the gravy reaches the desired consistency. Remove the meatballs from the oven, cover with the gravy and serve.

1 comment:

We Are Not Martha said...

I LOVE the Swedish meatballs from Ikea too... And now I totally want to make my own :)

They look delicious!