Swedish Meatballs



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

1 hour 20 minutes; 50 minutes active



Classic, versatile Swedish meatballs are delicious as an appetizer or as a simple make-ahead dinner entree.


  • 1 cup crumbled rye bread
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup finely-diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream


  1. In a small bowl, mix the crumbled bread and milk. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground meats, eggs, onion, spices and bread mixture. Roll into balls about 1-2 inches in diameter (about 1 tablespoon) and place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet, add several meatballs (without crowding the pan) and cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning them every few minutes to brown evenly. Remove cooked meatballs to a pan or baking dish in a warm oven, add more oil to the pan, and cook the remaining meatballs.
  3. Once meatballs are cooked, melt 2 tablespoons butter in the same skillet, add the flour and stir well. Slowly whisk in the beef broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened and reduced. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in sour cream. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes or place the meatballs on a shallow platter and pour the sauce over them. Serve warm.

Serving Suggestion

For an appetizer course, drizzle slightly-thinned lingonberry preserves or cranberry sauce over the platter of meatballs and skewer each with a toothpick. Traditionally served with mashed potatoes or over egg noodles, Swedish meatballs pair nicely with a tart side dish like vinegar-braised red cabbage or a sweet and sour cucumber salad. The uncooked meatballs can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Information

424 calories, 29 g. fat, 163 mg. cholesterol, 546 mg. sodium, 13 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 26 g. protein