Swedish Meatballs (Köttbullar)

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Swedish Meatballs, traditionally known as Köttbullar, are a staple of Nordic cuisine. These savory, spiced meatballs are often served with a creamy gravy, lingonberry jam, and mashed potatoes or egg noodles, making them a comforting and hearty meal.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serving: 4

Ingredients:

  • 500g ground beef
  • 250g ground pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (for frying)

For the Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Method:

  1. In a bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in milk for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef, ground pork, finely chopped onion, egg, allspice, salt, and pepper to the breadcrumbs. Mix until well combined.
  3. Form the mixture into small, round meatballs.
  4. In a pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Fry the meatballs in batches, turning them regularly until they are browned all over and cooked through.
  5. For the gravy, melt butter in a pan, whisk in flour, and cook for a couple of minutes. Gradually add beef broth and heavy cream, stirring continuously. Add soy sauce and Dijon mustard. Simmer until the gravy thickens.

Notes:

  • Serve the meatballs with the gravy, lingonberry jam, and your choice of mashed potatoes or egg noodles.
  • Leftover meatballs can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for future use.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 600 kcal
  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 45g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 870mg
  • Sugars: 2g

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