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Swedish meatballs on a plate with mash and lingonberry jam

Swedish meatballs

Published: May 8, 2022 at 6:32 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Try our Swedish meatballs recipe with tart lingonberry sauce and creamy mash. This Scandinavian classic is perfect for a comforting supper

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Enjoy this classic Swedish meatballs dish, or check out more delicious meatball recipes, such as our Scandi meatball bake with cucumber salad and vegetarian meatballs.

Recipe tip: Lingonberries are a European relation of the cranberry - you can buy lingonberry sauce from Ikea, or just use cranberry sauce instead.

Ingredients

  • 1kg of 1 or a mixture of both minced pork or veal
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml cream, double or single
  • 60g fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • a pinch allspice
  • a grating nutmeg
  • oil
  • mashed potato to serve
  • lingonberry sauce to serve (see intro)

RED WINE SAUCE

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • made up to 250ml or use beef consommé beef stock fresh, cube or concentrate,
  • 100ml red wine

Method

  • STEP 1

    Mix together the first 7 ingredients and season well. scoop out tablespoons and roll each into a ball. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs in batches for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan to brown them on all sides. Scoop out, drain on kitchen paper and keep warm.

  • STEP 2

    To make the red wine sauce, add the flour to the frying pan and stir in, scraping up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the stock and red wine, bring to the boil then simmer for a couple of minutes. Taste and add a little water if too strong. Roll the meatballs in the sauce and reheat thoroughly, making sure they are cooked through. Serve with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce.

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