Saturday, October 1, 2011

Swedish Meatballs

I made this for dinner tonight. And there was much rejoicing! I saw this in Bon Appetit and I'm so glad that I did. I found it online here




Swedish Meatballs:





  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 1/3 cups low-salt beef stock, divided
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 thick slices bacon, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, whisked




  • Mix breadcrumbs and 1/3 cup stock in a small bowl. Set aside. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer onion to a large bowl.
  • Wipe out pan and return to medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to bowl with onion. (Reserve bacon fat.) Add next 8 ingredients to bowl with onion mixture, mixing with your hands to blend. Fold in breadcrumb mixture. Using a 1 Tbsp. measure, roll meat mixture into balls; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with reserved bacon fat in a large heavy pot over medium-low heat. Working in 3 batches and adding 1 Tbsp. butter between batches, brown meatballs on all sides, about 6-8 minutes per batch. Transfer meatballs to a plate. Drain all but 2 Tbsp. drippings from pot. Whisk in flour until smooth paste forms. Stir in 2 cups stock; bring to a simmer, whisking often. Return meatballs to pot. Cover; simmer until meatballs are cooked, 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat, whisk in sour cream, and stir to coat meatballs. 

  • 6-8 SERVINGS


    Smörgås Chef, a restaurant in New York City's West Village, serves these meatballs with jammy lingonberries and whipped potatoes. I didn't have lingonberries so I used blackberry and grape jam. I also didn't have potatoes, so I made rice and had peas along with it. Wonderful!

    nutritional information


    8 servings, 1 serving contains:
    Calories (kcal) 358.1
    %Calories from Fat 52.8
    Fat (g) 21.0
    Saturated Fat (g) 9.5
    Cholesterol (mg) 163.7
    Carbohydrates (g) 15.2
    Dietary Fiber (g) 1.1
    Total Sugars (g) 3.4
    Net Carbs (g) 14.1
    Protein (g) 25.3
    Sodium (mg) 707.8
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