Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Gravy are just about the easiest dish to emerge from your kitchen.
And the best part is, you do not need to be a wiz in the kitchen to pull this SERIOUSLY AMAZING MEATBALL DISH off. All you really need is my method for Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Gravy.
This Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Gravy recipe is quick enough for a weeknight meal, but is also impressive enough to serve to dinner guests.
These perfectly browned little nuggets of of yum are tender and juicy and brimming with beef-y deliciousness. This recipe is among my KEY CORNERSTONE CONTENT RECIPES on this entire website. Why? It is easy, made in practically no time at all, uses ground beef or ground pork or a combination, and any leftover gravy or sauce is amazing served over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. In all honesty, I am unsure which part my family likes more, my meatball recipe or my meatball sauce. I combine a couple cups beef broth with Worcestershire and heavy cream to arrive at this velvety and absolutely delicious level of comfort.
What one single dish do your kids ask you for when everybody's craving comfort food?
And tonight, oh no, here it comes…more comfort food…I am pairing my Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Gravy with my Crazy Good French Onion Noodle Casserole. This is one of those easy one dish recipes that just 'clicks' with my meatballs recipe. A silky combination of sour cream, melted butter, and onion soup mix over egg noodles and topped off with crispy French fried onions. See why they just go together now? I boil my noodles while I shape the meatballs and then fry the meatballs while the casserole is in the oven. Does not get any easier, and you'll be thankful for the leftovers.
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This method for Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Gravy just may be the best recipe for Swedish meatballs outside of Sweden…
So, I should begin by stating that this is very close to the traditional dish that you would order off a menu in Sweden. Yes, I am for real. Traditional Swedish meatballs are almost always a combination of meats, mainly beef and pork, and are served up in a delicious creamy gravy. The gravy, or sauce, is kind of like something between brown gravy and that which you'd find in the American South, a creamy white gravy. Swedish meatballs in sauce are also commonly served with a side of lingonberry jam, a condiment that tastes an awful lot like cranberry sauce.
Swedish meatball recipes are all over the internet. Most are very similar, all but for the spices that I incorporate directly into the meat mixture. Bold nutmeg and sweet-scented allspice balance everything in addition to salt and pepper. AND, I make a point to dust the final product very lightly with a combination of the two just before serving. To me, the nutmeg and the allspice are what breathe life into these beautiful little meatballs with sauce.
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And the Swedish meatball sauce or gravy? I know I will be asked if it can be made without heavy cream or with sour cream, or even cream of mushroom soup. The answer is probably, but not here. Swedish meatballs sauce with cream of mushroom soup or Swedish meatball sauce with sour cream is unnecessarily heavy in my opinion. If you are serving with traditional egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or with my Crazy Good French Onion Noodle Casserole, don't weigh down these two-bite gems with anything dense. Think of it this way; the meatballs are the stars, the sauce is the supporting cast.
I also am bracing for the question as to if its okay to make Swedish meatballs with frozen meatballs. Gonna again go with 'no' here. Again, it comes down to the spices and also the grated onion. I can pretty much promise you that no packaged frozen meatballs are going to give you what is necessary to call these 'Swedish meatballs,' and certainly not Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Gravy.
A very old experiment that ended up becoming one of the most popular dishes to hit Not Entirely Average
I made Swedish meatballs using this very Swedish meatballs recipe about twenty years ago for the first time. You might say that I was not necessarily confident in the kitchen back then, and surprised myself a bit. They were tasty, easy, made a lot, and I served them at a party. It was October and already frigid in New Jersey. I busted out my slow cooker once they were prepared and used it to keep the sauce and meatballs hot. I remember using soy sauce and thinking the whole lot of these were altogether too salty. Worcestershire solved that problem for the next time. I am skeptical any time a recipe says to use anything over a tablespoon of soy sauce, and turn to Worcestershire pretty much always now.
And while Swedish meatballs in the crockpot were good, I still think I prefer to make them my way. In the morning, then allow them to cool, and then reheat the night I plan to eat them. It's as if the elements have had the opportunity to get to know one another or something. Just sooooo good. Easy Swedish meatballs, with just the littlest bit of planning, are easier than one might think.
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Ingredients for Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Gravy
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground pork can substitute all ground beef
- 1/4 cup Panko
- 3 tablespoons parsley fresh, chopped
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1/3 cup onion grated
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard I use whole grain Dijon
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, panko breadcrumbs, chopped parsley, allspice, nutmeg, grated onion, garlic powder, pepper, salt and egg. Using your hands, mix until combined.
- Roll into 12 large meatballs or 18 smaller meatballs. In a large skillet heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium high heat. Add the meatballs and cook turning continuously until brown on each side and cooked throughout. Remove the meatballs to a plate and keep warm.
- Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the fond in the bottom of the pan and scrape the browned bits. This is where all of the flavor is hiding!
- Add the flour to skillet and whisk until it turns brown and takes on a nutty aroma. Slowly stir in the beef broth and heavy cream. Bring to a gentle boil and add Worcestershire sauce and the Dijon mustard. Sauce will begin to thicken.
- Taste the gravy to see if it needs salt or pepper. Return the meatballs and their juices to the gravy and simmer for 10 minutes or until the gravy is cooked to the consistency that you like it.
- Serve over mashed potatoes, over egg noodles, or alongside my Crazy Good French Onion Noodle Casserole.