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IKEA’s Swedish Meatball Recipe (Knock-Off)

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Description

I’ve never had these at IKEA, and now I don’t have to! These are fabulous and easy to freeze. I make extra sauce so there’s enough to drizzle over the mashed potatoes or noodles. So cook in a large pan!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ⅓ cups Onion, Chopped Fine
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons White Pepper
  • ½ cups Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • ¾ pounds Ground Beef, Lean
  • ½ pounds Ground Pork, Lean
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 whole Egg White, Beaten
  • FOR THE GRAVY:
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4-½ cups Beef Broth
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¾ cups Heavy Cream
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • Parsley, For Garnish

Preparation

To make the meatballs, heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion, garlic, allspice, salt, and white pepper for about 5 minutes, or until garlic and onions are soft. (I just used dry minced onion, so I just cooked it for about a minute.) Add the milk and Worcestershire sauce to the mixture, and bring to a simmer.

Dump the breadcrumbs in a bowl. Pour the hot skillet mixture over the breadcrumbs and stir together. Add the beef, pork, egg and egg white to the bowl, and mix until combined. (It’s easiest to use your hands and squish everything together for about 5 minutes.) Spray a sheet pan to grease, and roll the meat into 1-inch balls, and place on a baking sheet. One recipe makes about 35-40 meatballs. Cover your sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate the meatballs for about an hour. (I stuck them in the freezer for about 25 minutes.) Heat the oven to 400ºF and bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

To make the gravy, melt the butter in a skillet and add the flour. Cook for a few minutes while whisking. Pour in the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, bring to a simmer. Finally, add the heavy cream and the cooked meatballs. Let simmer, until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve as is, or on top of a bed of rice, noodles, or potatoes. Garnish with parsley.

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Lili on 7.5.2014

Hi – do these freeze well? If I want to make ahead, freeze, and have my family reheat and eat when I’m not around. Thanks!

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cs3andme on 3.3.2013

I’ve never had the IKEA version of these, but I can’t imagine that they’re better. I made the recipe as written, and it was wonderful! The meatballs are incredibly moist and tender but still manage to hold their shape well. The gravy is a perfect complement of tastes. Definitely a keeper on our family’s meal rotation. Thank you!

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karend on 11.25.2012

These are a new family favorite, even with my picky kids. I made a few substitutions based on what I had – half beef, half ground chicken, half and half for cream, 2 parts cinnamon, 1 part cloves, 1 part ginger for the allspice. Thank you for the fabulous recipe!

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rozanie on 11.16.2012

Easy to make and absolutely delicious!!

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Joyskitchen on 9.10.2012

These were very good and easy to make. I substituted whole milk for the cream and it came out fantastic.

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bowengator on 8.1.2012

These are the best. My son says even better than IKEA. No more driving 2 hours just for meatballs.

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