Swedish Meatballs

This is the first time that I have the same recipe both on my Greek and my English Blog..
The reason is this famous recipe that my son loves to eat every time we visit IKEA.  I did a search to find the recipe and when I finally made it, I was so excited! It's by far more delicious, comforting, with this hint of sweetness from the Lingonberry (Cranberry Jam). I paired it with mashed potatoes but you can also do crispy fries.. Yum!!
The original recipe has 1/2 cup of cream in the sauce. If you want to use it, remove 1/2 cup of beef broth..
So.. here we go..

 Ingredients (30 meatballs)

For the meatballs
400 - 500 gr ground beef
The meat of 2 soft Italian pork sausages (you can use 300 gr ground pork instead)
a handful of mixed chopped herbs (parsley, chives, dill)
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon 5 spices (you can use just allspice)
Salt - Pepper

For the sauce and Lingonberry
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon  flour
2 cups beef stock
Salt - Pepper
Cranberry Jam or blackberry or blackcurrant jam for serving

How to make

Put into a large bowl the ground beef, meat of the sausages, herbs, egg, milk, breadcrumbs, spices, salt and pepper.

Scrunch and mix the mixture well. Wet your hands and roll approximately 30 small meatballs. Keep wetting your hands so you get nice round meatballs. Lay them in a dish with parchment paper, cover with plastic and leave them into the fridge for one hour.

When you're ready to cook, preheat the grill in 500 F and broil the meatballs 10 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other. Keep warm
Add the beef stock, lemon juice and a tablespoon of cranberry jam in a pot and place over medium heat. Keep warm.
Add the tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and place over medium heat. When the butter melts add the flour to make a roux. Stir for 2 minutes and add a lug of the warm beef stock, stir and add the rest of the beef stock. Whisk the sauce and boil to reduce until you have the consistency of a gravy (not too thick).

For the mashed potatoes, cover yukon gold potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil uncovered.
When the potatoes are tender, drain and let them cool down a bit so you can handle and peel them.
Add them back to the pot, add a stick of butter, some milk, salt and pepper and mash them. Remove from heat when you have the right consistency.

Serve the mashed potatoes with approximately 8 meatballs per serving, drizzle with the gravy and add a teaspoon of lingonberry.



  1. Those Swdeish meatballs looks so yummy, I remember an officemate of mine brought one of this at the office but with a white creamy sauce and dill on top. I love it

    1. Try doing them , they are great! thank you for your comment!

  2. Eri,
    What a great mom you are! I know your son was thrilled when you presented this dinner to him! What wonderful comfort food this is! I would have never thought to add the jam on top but what a great, fun, tasty idea! Thanks!

  3. My ex-husband is Swedish and there was always a big pan of these meatballs on the stove at his family home. I still miss them. Not the husband, the meatballs.

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  5. Great addition of the cranberry jam. That has to be good.

  6. Thank you all for the comments, it really is a great recipe and it's perfect for a dinner party as well..

  7. This is the third time I have read a blog that mentions eating Swedish meatballs at IKEA. They really must be good...and I can't wait to try your recipe as I don't have an IKEA store to go to.

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  9. My dear Karen, homemade are even more better and more delicious, I hope you like my version..

  10. you are AWESOME!!! My kids love IKEA meatballs. They make smaller size meat balls too, so they don't feel "too much" when meatballs are served. I am going to make this one day. Thank you for finding the recipe and I can't wait to try (and kids can't wait to eat, I bet!).

    1. haha thank you so much Nami, try them, It's a fact that they will love the meatballs!

  11. I've never eaten meatballs at IKEA, but they must be good… yours look amazing! I'm a big fan of meatballs. This sauce sounds like it makes for a great flavour pairing.

    1. It is really delicious, it's a fun recipe!


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