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Swedish Meatballs

Whyyyy do I find it so hard to resist the IKEA cafeteria? The last time we went, there were no clean tables, no forks left in the utensil bins, and the food hovered somewhere around room temp. As I sat at my sticky table eating my cold Indian butter chicken with a spoon, I silently fumed. The dry cracker-like piece of naan bread only added insult to injury.

I probably should’ve just gone with the Swedish Meatballs, I thought. But I’d still be eating them with a spoon.

These Swedish meatballs with a creamy sauce and great flavor are perfect comfort food!

Let’s face it, IKEA is never a quick in-and-out. Personally, I go so infrequently that when I’m there, I’m determined not to miss a thing. I might not actually be in the market for a new couch, but damned if I’m not going to take a slow walk through that section anyway. Also the store is designed so you couldn’t really avoid anything even if you wanted to.

The problem is that by the time I’ve made it through the whole maze, I’m starving, and the promising scent wafting though the store just calls to me. “Meeeeeeeeeat baaaaaaaalls” it says.

These Swedish meatballs with a creamy sauce and great flavor are perfect comfort food!

So yeah. After that trip, I was craving the Swedish Meatballs I didn’t have, and figured it was high time I learned how to make them myself. I’m happy to report that IKEA has nothing on these meatballs. The sauce is creamy without being too rich or heavy, and the meatballs themselves are perfectly juicy, with great flavor.

These Swedish meatballs with a creamy sauce and great flavor are perfect comfort food!

I made these in about an hour on a chilly weeknight a couple of weeks ago. I served them over egg noodles and it was a terrific, hearty meal that got more compliments from my husband than anything else I’ve made in a long time. Bonus: the kid liked them too!

Here’s a thought: next trip to IKEA, I think I will pack a lunch.

These Swedish meatballs with a creamy sauce and great flavor are perfect comfort food!
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Swedish Meatballs
These Swedish meatballs have a creamy sauce and great flavor. Served over egg noodles, they are the perfect comfort food!
These Swedish meatballs with a creamy sauce and great flavor are perfect comfort food!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
These Swedish meatballs with a creamy sauce and great flavor are perfect comfort food!
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. In a large, deep skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and pour out all but one tablespoon of the fat.
  2. Cook the chopped onion until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the ground beef with the bacon, onion, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, spices, salt and pepper. Do not over-mix.
  4. Heat the same skillet again over medium heat and cook the meatballs, turning periodically until browned on all sides. Work in batches if necessary. Remove the meatballs and set aside.
Sauce
  1. Melt the butter in the same skillet, and add the flour, stirring continuously until lightly browned.
  2. Add the beef broth and stir, scraping up the browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook for a few minutes.
  3. Mix in sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and dijon mustard. Simmer until sauce is thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Add the meatballs back to the pan to warm through.
  4. Serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.
Recipe Notes

Slightly adapted from Swedish Meatballs originally posted on Closet Cooking.

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