Monday, January 14, 2013

SRC: Swedish Meatballs

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I received the blog From Grandma Loy's Kitchen. There were tons of fantastic recipes to choose from, but I saw this recipe for Swedish Meatballs. It sounded so simple and delicious. My Grandma was Swedish and every Christmas our family ate swedish meatballs, rutamuse and lutefisk. There is no recipe for her meatballs and I love to try different recipes to try and find the same flavors. This recipe was very delicious and easy (and even captured some of the familiar flavors).  Sometimes meatballs can be a bit of a pain to make, but broiling them made the process very simple. I decided to serve our meatballs over mashed potatoes, but it would also be delicious over pasta or rice.  Thank you for the delicious new recipe!


1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs (I used gluten free)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp allspice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 egg
4 Tbl  flour
4 Tbl butter
2 cup beef stock or broth


Mix together beef, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, allspice, onion and egg.  Shape lightly into 1 1/2-inch meat balls.  Spray a broiler pan with non-stick spray.  Place meatballs on pan.  Brown meat balls quickly on all sides under the broiler.  Remove meatballs to a large casserole dish.

Melt butter, brown flour in butter.  Add beef broth and cook until gravy is smooth and thickened.  Pour over meat balls.  At this point, meat balls can be covered and refrigerated 2-3 days.  Cover and bake in 325 degree oven 1 1/2 hours. Serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.  


  1. Hey Ashley - It's Sarah from Everything in the Kitchen sink and I had YOU this month for SRC! I tried out your Heath Pumpkin Cream Cheese cake, what a great combo!

    Love swedish meatballs (and the furniture shopping that normally accompanies it)! So it's allspice that is the signature flavor? Lovely post, lady.

  2. I love Swedish Meatballs - these look fabulous!

  3. Hi Ashley,
    These Swedish Meatballs look awesome, we would just love them. This is a great recipe for the SRC, and thanks for sharing.
    Miz Helen

  4. Oh my gosh, my husband loves swedish meatballs, and these look so much less fussy than the ones I tried to make him before. I am so bookmarking this and I will try it very soon!! Great choice!

  5. Oh YUM! These Swedish meatballs look amazing. I'll have to write down the recipe. We love trying different meatball recipes.

    Hugs, Sheena

  6. I love meatballs. These look yummy.

  7. I love the allspice addition, reminds me of the only close-to-Swedish thing I've ever made-Golabki! Yes I know they're Polish but it's fairly close to sweden geographically-lol! These do sound good, now I have to go Google those other Swedish dishes you mentioned!

    1. Rutamuse (I am not even sure that is spelled correctly) is yummy....lutefisk is another story. My Aunt use to make a white sauce for it to *ahem* help the flavor. :)

  8. looks delicious. have you tried a little nutmeg to replicate your grandmother's version?

    1. I have tried it before and I think the flavor is even more similar. This recipe called for either one, but I had not tried it with allspice before.

  9. Yum. Love swedish meatballs. I'm a fellow SRC member, Group D

  10. Ashley, I am so glad that you liked these. They are one of my favorite ways to use ground beef. I don't know why I don't make them more often. I am so sorry to be late in commenting. I am still up against issues with my ISP so am trying to stay off the internet as much as possible. Thank you for your nice post. I enjoy reading your blog.