Swedish meatballs (not from Ikea!)

Yes, these meatballs taste just as good as they look (and even better than the Ikea ones)! Some days you just crave certain foods and we had been wanting to try some meatballs for awhile and came across this simple recipe in Jamie Oliver’s fantastic collection of European (& North African) recipes, Jamie Does…, from his trip to Sweden. This recipe was perfect for the two of us, with a rocket and fetta salad on the side, and we enjoyed plenty of leftovers. It is much more satisfying making these yourself, and getting your hands and the kitchen messy, than just buying the premade, frozen Ikea version.
Disclaimer – We do love Ikea!

Recipe adapted from Jamie Does… 
serves 3-4 (depending on how hungry you are!)

For the Meatballs

  • a handful of mixed fresh herbs such as parsley, chives or dill…
  • 300g minced pork
  • 300g minced beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 100ml milk
  • 75g dried breadcrumbs
  • 1t ground allspice
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

For the sauce

  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 1T plain flour
  • 60ml double cream
  • 200g jar of cranberry sauce (or lingonberry)
  1. In a large bowl, add the herbs, pork, beef, egg, milk, breadcrumbs, allspice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix it all up
  2. Divide the mixture in half then roll each half into a sausage shape and cut each into ~15 pieces
  3. With wet hands, roll the pieces into balls and put them on a large oiled tray and cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge for ~1 hour to firm up
  4. Put your largest pan on medium heat and add a good amount of olive oil. Once hot, add the meatballs and fry gently for 10-15 minutes until golden brown
  5. Remove the meatballs from the pan and any excess fat, then add the lemon juice, a splash of stock, the flour, cream, 2T of cranberry jam and some salt and pepper
  6. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down and reduce until it has thickened as desired
  7. Return the meatballs to the pan to coat in the sauce
  8. Serve the meatballs, topped with more of the sauce and a few spoonfuls of the cranberry jam and any leftover herbs
  9. Serve the meatballs with a dark green leafy salad and a side of potatoes. Enjoy!


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