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Swedish Meatballs

on March 19, 2014

Today’s recipe is another one that comes from my aunt.

Our whole family loves Swedish Meatballs.

I made these meatballs for my mom’s birthday dinner last week.

We went the traditional route and had some Swedish favorites.

Grandma had written on the top of the card that she usually doubled the recipe.

I also doubled this recipe when I made it because we were 6 for dinner and I was sending some home with my mom.

The term “we were 6” or 12 or 20 was another one of Grandma’s ways of speaking.

Back in the day, they would actually have had this dinner put in the local paper.

It would have said something about having had a birthday dinner for my mom and “we were 6”.

They would tell exactly who was there and if they were from out of town, where they were from and possibly how long they were visiting.

Next would be about the meal itself: Swedish meatballs, Ost Kaka (which will be in my next post), green beans and birthday cake was served.

It was big news when celebrations of any kind were held out in the country where they lived or in the nearby small town of Svea (population about 100 now).

Even though it seems like a weird and gossipy thing to do, now we put it on Facebook – with pictures!

Swedish Meatballs from Sue

Swedish Meatballs from Sue 2

I do so love these meatballs.

Here is the recipe as I made it (but I doubled it):

Swedish Meatballs

Mix together:

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 cup onion, chopped

3/4 bread crumbs (I used two bread crusts chopped in the food processor)

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

Roll into balls and brown in frying pan.

Remove meatballs from pan and then stir into fat in the pan:

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Then stir into this mixture:

2 cups boiling water

3/4 cup sour cream

Return meatballs to gravy and cook 20 minutes.

We did make this gravy the last time we made these meatballs so this time I tried the gravy Grandma had written at the bottom of the card:

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can of water

3 Tablespoons all purpose flour

Whisk together, add meatballs, and cook for 20 minutes.


It’s a pretty fast recipe – it doesn’t take too long to pull together.


If there’s a way to keep meatballs round, I don’t know it.

You could make the meatballs smaller than I did.


The gravy is thick and bubbly.

This is the double batch of meatballs and gravy all in one pan.


No – that’s not mashed potatoes.

It’s Ost Kaka, which is another Swedish treat I will have in my next post.


My son’s exact words at dinner -“I could eat these til I puke!”

That means they’re REALLY good.

They really are delicious.

Thanks for another great recipe and tradition, Susan!

4 responses to “Swedish Meatballs

  1. SJ says:

    You’re welcome, Carla .
    SJ :o)

  2. uncle paul says:

    Yes, REALLY good !

  3. […] you! You get a bonus recipe for Swedish Meatballs (although not MY family’s recipe for Swedish Meatballs ) on this one, […]

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