I haven’t posted in two whole weeks – wow time just flies when you have a little newborn, I have all these recipes to share but the past two weeks have been really busy. We have literally had rotating doors at our house. My parents staying with us, and now the in-laws here and in between having other family and friends visiting it has just been so busy. And can you believe my Ella is 4 weeks old today. Time just flies when you are having fun. She is such a great baby sleeps 4 hours at time at night and so mellow and easy going. Motherhood is so much easier and so much more rewarding and fun than I ever expected.
Now back to food – today I am joining a new group of folks called World on a plate.
World on a plate is a blogging cultural exchange. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish. This month the theme is meatballs – and being from Sweden how can I not feature Swedish Meatballs.
This recipe is a reprint from my early days of blogging – but it is so good and such a huge hit that I have to repost it again.
The Swedish meatball in Swedish “Köttbulle” [pronounced cheutbulle] is very different from the German or known Italian meatball here in the US. Swedish meatballs which are a smaller size then the Italian ones are severed with cooked potatoes, creamy brown gravy and lingonberry. Some history that I found on the Internet:
- In northern Scandinavian countries beef was considered a luxury item, which meant meatballs were highly prized.
- Meatballs are traditionally in served at Swedish smörgåsbord and other festive occasions.
- Swedish meatballs were brought to the USA by Scandinavian immigrants; many of whom settled in America’s northern mid-west states. Other Northern European countries also have meatball/gravy recipes. Regional variations are often a reflection of taste and ingredient availability.
- In the US, Swedish meatballs were very popular in the beginning of the 20th century, and again in the 1950s-1960s.
Here is a recipe for my Swedish meatballs, again there are many variations to this, some don’t add the heavy cream, some add ground veal as well, some only have ground beef, some add carrots etc. But this is my version of them and this is how I like them.
Yield: 24 meatballs
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 30
Total Time: 45
½ cup breadcrumbs
½ lbs of ground pork
½ lbs of ground beef
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp of soy sauce
3 tbsp flour
2 cups beef stock
¾ cup heavy cream
Note: You can also do a short cut and get the Grädd Sås mix from Ikea. If you are doing so you can add some extra salt and pepper for taste.
Boiled potatoes with sprinkled dry dill
Take the ground beef and mix them together. Chop the onion very fine and put it into the mixture then add the egg, heavy cream and breadcrumbs and mix well. Then add all the remaining ingredients salt, white pepper, and allspice and soy sauce and mix well. I usually use a fork for that and then at the end use my hands.
Once you have it mixed it is time to roll them meatballs. Again, Swedish meatballs are small and should be about 1 inch in diameter. Fry on a frying pan with butter until brown on the outside. You can also make them in the oven as well.
The potatoes I usually like to serve with this are the smaller fresh potatoes because they don’t flake when you boil them. And I will boil them with their skin on them. You can also do other flavors of potatoes like potato au gratin or roasted potatoes or mashed potatoes as well. If you boil the potatoes serve with some dry dill.
To prepare the brown sauce, return your skilled from the meatballs, add flour, and cook, stirring, until smooth and light brown, about 4 minutes. Whisk in beef stock until smooth, and then bring to a boil; stir in heavy cream. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring gently, about 5 more minutes.
Serve the meatballs, with potatoes, brown sauce and with Lingonberries (lingonsylt) which you can find in many local stores and in IKEA but this is a must item.