Eating at the SwedeDish food truck inspired me to make this meal. As you may have read, I have previously posted about meatballs, with a great Asian meatball recipe. But Swedish meatballs are something I have always enjoyed. The creamy sauce they can be served with goes so well with a tender. beefy meatball. So I scoured the internet looking for something that would be feasible for me to make. After perusing a bunch of recipes, I came up with my own version based on a collaboration from several of the recipes I viewed. Here is MY version of Swedish meatballs. They came out great, although I still think the SwedeDish food truck's were even better.
For the meatballs:
1lb ground beef
1 quarter of an onion, grated
3 slices of white bread, torn into small pieces
1/8 cup of milk
1 tsp chopped parsley (fresh or dried, I had dried on hand)
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp onion powder
dash of paprika (smoked or unsmoked, I used smoked)
dash of cayenne
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put bread pieces in a mixing bowl. Toss with the milk, and let soak for 5 minutes. Add in beef and egg and mix well. Add spices, and mix until combine. Roll out golf ball sized meatballs. Place on a baking rack on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Should produce between 20 and 25 meatballs.
For the sauce:
2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
6 ounces beef broth (or stock)
2 ounces heavy cream
salt & pepper
Place butter in saucepan and let melt. Over medium heat, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes to cook out the flour taste. Whisk in the beef broth slowly. Stir well to prevent lumps. Let cook for 5 minutes, then whisk in heavy cream. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, and let simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
To serve, place meatballs on plates (5 to 6 per person). Cover with cream sauce. Traditionally you can serve these with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam. I did not have lingonberries so I served mine with cranberry sauce. The sweet and tart cranberry sauce cuts the richness of the meatballs and their cream sauce. You could also put these in a crockpot and keep them warm at a party. Enjoy!!!