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Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

Swedish Meatballs have been made and enjoyed in American homes for years as an appetizer at dinner parties and swanky get-togethers. Chances are if your grandparents or parents were the types of folks to enjoy throwing fancy dinner parties in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and early 70’s you might have had the privilege of enjoying these international delights from Sweden.

Swedish Meatballs were brought to the United States by Scandinavian immigrants, many of whom settled in America’s northern mid-west states. Other Northern-European cultures also have versions of meatball and gravy recipes. The regional variations will often be a reflection of the cook’s taste and the ingredient availability to the cook.

 

Swedish Meatballs have been made and enjoyed in American homes for years as an appetizer at dinner parties and swanky get-togethers. Chances are if your grandparents or parents were the types of folks to enjoy throwing fancy dinner parties in the '40s, '50s, '60s, and early 70's you might have had the privilege of enjoying these international delights from Sweden.According to Mathistorisk Uppslagsbok by Jan-Ojvind Swahn, the Swedish word for the meatball  (k”ttbulle) first appeared in Swedish print was in Cajsa Warg’s 1754 cookbook. Swahn points out that the meatball could not have been a typical food, at least not for ordinary people, until the meat grinder made the preparation simple. Swedish meatballs, smaller in size than those of Italy or Germany, are traditionally served with cream gravy and lingonberry preserves.

 

 

 

Swedish Meatballs have been made and enjoyed in American homes for years as an appetizer at dinner parties and swanky get-togethers. Chances are if your grandparents or parents were the types of folks to enjoy throwing fancy dinner parties in the '40s, '50s, '60s, and early 70's you might have had the privilege of enjoying these international delights from Sweden.Swedish meatballs are usually served at buffets and smörgåsbords, a custom that reflects their Swedish origins. Buttered noodles are the traditional accompaniment. Swedish meatballs also date way back to the 1920s.

 

 

 

Swedish Meatballs have been made and enjoyed in American homes for years as an appetizer at dinner parties and swanky get-togethers. Chances are if your grandparents or parents were the types of folks to enjoy throwing fancy dinner parties in the '40s, '50s, '60s, and early 70's you might have had the privilege of enjoying these international delights from Sweden.Here is our family version of Swedish Meatballs that we have been enjoying for years. So delicious and straightforward to make, it will be a new family favorite goto meal on the weekends.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is a Swedish Meatballs? A Swedish meatball is pretty much what it sounds like. Swedish Meatballs are Typically made out of ground beef and pork, which is mixed with bread crumbs, eggs, milk, onions, salt, and pepper.
  2. What is so special about Swedish meatballs? The delicious creamy sauce is a big part of the flavoring component that sets it apart from other meatballs. Swedish meatballs are cooked in a rich, roux-based, creamy gravy made with beef or bone broth and sour cream.
  3. Where do Swedish meatballs come from? They may seem just as Swedish as the Ikea store and Swedish musical group Abba, but Sweden has admitted its famous iconic Swedish Meatballs actually originated from the country Turkey. 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed

  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dillweed
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound lean ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 9 votes
Swedish meatball
Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Swedish Meatballs have been made and enjoyed in American homes for years as an appetizer at dinner parties and swanky get-togethers. Chances are if your grandparents or parents were the types of folks to enjoy throwing fancy dinner parties in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s you might have had the privilege of enjoying these international delights from Sweden.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Keyword: Meatballs, Swedish Meatballs
Servings: 6 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dillweed
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound lean ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. In a 12-inch metal pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the chopped onion, and a pinch of the salt cook until the onions are soft. Remove the metal pan from the heat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk mixture, ground chuck, pork, egg yolks, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, black pepper, allspice, nutmeg, and cooked onions.
  3. Form the balls and place on a sheet pan.
  4. Heat the remaining butter and olive oil in the saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the formed meatballs and saute until golden brown on all sides, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the meatballs to an ovenproof dish using a slotted spoon and place in the warmed oven.
  5. Once all of the meatballs are cooked, decrease the heat to low and add the flour to the pan or skillet. Whisk until lightly browned, approximately 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the beef stock and whisk until sauce begins to thicken. Add the heavy cream and continue to cook until the gravy reaches the desired consistency. Remove the meatballs from the oven, cover with the gravy and serve.

 

 

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Swedish Meatballs have been made and enjoyed in American homes for years as an appetizer at dinner parties and swanky get-togethers. Chances are if your grandparents or parents were the types of folks to enjoy throwing fancy dinner parties in the '40s, '50s, '60s, and early 70's you might have had the privilege of enjoying these international delights from Sweden.

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    The Anthony Kitchen
    March 20, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    I always enjoy reading the history behind the food so thanks for sharing! Your swedish meatballs with egg noodles looks delicious and a meal that everyone will enjoy.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Me too Kelly, I really think the history is so important too.

  • Reply
    cookingontheweekends
    March 20, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    This looks like the ultimate comfort food dish. I’ve always loved Swedish meatballs and this recipe sounds especially delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you, Valentina, I bet you’ll really enjoy this recipe. Let me know if you make it sometime.

  • Reply
    Noelle
    March 20, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I love this recipe, meatballs are the best and egg noodles really compliment this recipe, thanks for the great dinner!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Noelle, thank you for the sweet comment and for stopping by to share your thoughts.

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Meldrum
    March 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    My friends always have Swedish meatballs in Ikea and love them, but I have never tried them. I am leaving with a craving for noodles now!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      They are so good, I bet you would love them, Jaqueline!

  • Reply
    Patty
    March 20, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Mmmm my mouth waters just looking at your pictures, I’ve been wondering how these Swedish meatballs were made but never checking though, that gravy sounds awesome, thanks for this recipe Heidy, can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Patty you made my day with that comment.

  • Reply
    Sarah's Attic of Treasures
    October 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Love this recipe and the history of it.
    It is from Heidy at The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch
    My only complaint and I already told Heidy when I commented on her blog is that there isn’t enough Swedish Meatballs And Sauce on the Egg Noodles.
    I want lot’s of it. So Would Danny. This is one of our favorite meals.
    Sarah

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      October 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks, for the re-blog. Glad you like the recipe. The great thing about cooking is you can serve your food any way you wish, there are no rules 🙂 Historically, Swedish meatballs are usually just served with buttered noodles, if you like tons of sauce by golly add that sauce and enjoy it your way!
      Hugs and lots of love
      Heidy

      • Reply
        Sarah's Attic of Treasures
        October 15, 2015 at 2:34 am

        Heidy, Your photos are awesome. I also love buttered noodles. LOL.
        Hugs and love being sent your way.

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    Sarah's Attic of Treasures
    October 13, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Love love this post. Danny and I love Swedish Meatballs. A lot. My only complaint. Your photo. You need more of the Swedish Meatballs and Sauce on the Egg Noodles. LOL.
    Have a wonderful day Heidy,

    Sharing this.
    Sarah

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      October 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      You can put as much as you like lol, I like people to see my food when I take an image 😉

      How are you feeling love? Hope better!
      XoXo

      • Reply
        Sarah's Attic of Treasures
        October 15, 2015 at 2:43 am

        I do love your photos. I just remember thinking when I saw the photo. Oh I want more sauce. I was starving t the time. LOL
        Heidy, I am doing much better.
        Emotionally and physically. My ankle still makes me want to scream sometimes but I am walking and doing more.
        Now that the horrible heat and humidity it going I am enjoying more time outside.
        We at our roundup at the park today,
        (Well, yesterday since it is 2:42 AM)
        I had fun.
        I bet it is a relief to you as well.
        Love Sarah xoxoxo

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