Sunday, 5 April 2009

Swedish Meatballs

My other half is a big meatball fan and upon seeing in this months Good Food magazine a recipe for Classic swedish meatballs I knew I had to make them! They are easy to make, quite plain but still good to eat.

This is the full recipe from the magazine, though I substituted the dill for dried thyme, mainly as I forgot to buy any! Additionally I had used up all the frozen stash of breadcrumbs so I substituted with Paxo natural breadcrumbs, my mince weighed in at 500g so I slightly upped the flour/ stock ratio to allow for this.

Serves 4

400g Lean pork mince
1 egg beaten
1 small onion, finely chopped or grated
85g fresh breadcrumbs
1 tbsp freshly chopped dill (or thyme!)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp plain flour
400ml hot beef stock (I used kallo boullion cube)
s&p to taste

Mix in a bowl the seasoning, egg, breadcrumbs and pork until combined, roll into little balls, roughly walnut sized. Recipe states 20 but I got 31 from my increased amount of ingredients

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, brown the meatballs and cook through, you may need to do in 2 batches, remove and keep warm. Add the butter and flour to the pan, whisk to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes, slowly add the beef stock, whisking until thickened

Add the meatballs back to the pan and heat through for a couple of minutes, serve with vegetables of your liking. I did braised green cabbage and roasted sliced charlotte potatoes. If you have any cranberry jelly it makes a nice addition.


  1. It must be meatball day! I'm having a go at Italian style spaghetti and meatballs today, but I'm looking forward to trying this one out very soon. Did it work well with the thyme or do you reckon it's worth seeking out some dill?

  2. Hi Nora, I really like the pork and thyme combination, its one I use when making meatloaf. I quite like the taste of dill but not sure that the other half would be as keen, so whilst thyme is not the same it does work as I know he likes it, if that makes sense! We love italian meatballs and spaghetti, hope you enjoy them! Anne :)

  3. I've never tried swedish meatballs for real.
    I bet they were jolly tasty.

  4. Oh wow! My Kris loves the meatballs from Ikea so I'm guessing he'd love these!

    They look delish Anne :)

    Katie xox

  5. Anne those meatballs look amazing! I must admit they caught my eye in the G.F. magazine and now I know I must make them.

    I’m SO honoured you are making my chocolate Easter cake this weekend – I hope you come to enjoy and love it as much as my family do :0)

    Rosie x

  6. Anne, these meatballs caught my eye too in GF! They look delish.


  7. I love meatballs too! I like the thyme idea, actually I think it sounds nicer than using dill.

  8. Hello from France! What a good idea! Now I have had meatballs before but have always made them with minced beef, will try your recipe. Also glad to see you are a cabbage fan, I love it too especially chopped and meixed with bacon pieces. I am English, and although have lived in France for 20 years and love the food here, my home cooking is mostly good ol' English recipes!!

  9. I used to love meatballs, haven't had real ones in years. Your recipe looks great Anne!


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