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Swedish Meatballs


This recipe for Swedish style meatballs, includes ground beef or veal, soft bread crumbs, onion, eggs, butter and more.


  • 2 c Soft bread crumbs
  • 2/3 c Milk
  • 1/2 c Minced onion
  • 4 T Butter
  • 1 1/2 lb. Ground beef or veal
  • 3 each Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 t Salt
  • 1/2 t Pepper
  • 1 t Nutmeg
  • 1 t Paprika
  • 1 T Concentrated meat extract
  • 3 T Flour
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Sour cream
  • 2 T Minced parsley


  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk until softened.
  2. Add onion to 1 Tbsp. butter in small saucepan and cook slowly 3 minutes.
  3. Mix softened bread, cooked onion and meat.
  4. Add eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg and paprika.
  5. Mix thoroughly until very smooth and light
  6.  Shape meat into small balls, dusting the hands with flour while shaping the balls.
  7. Melt remaining 3 Tbsp. butter in large frying pan.
  8. Add meat balls and fry until golden brown all over.
  9. Remove from pan and add meat extract and 3 Tbsp. flour. Stir until well blended.
  10. Add water, and a few grains of pepper.
  11. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  12. Reduce heat very low and cook 5 minutes.
  13. Stir in sour cream, a rounded tablespoon at a time, stirring until thoroughly blended after each addition of sour cream.
  14. Return meat balls to gravy, cover pan and simmer very gently 10 minutes.
  15. Serve in deep casserole.
  16. Sprinkle with minced parsley.

Recipe Yields: 70 to 80 meat balls.

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