Swedish Meatballs – Cooking Class 5

May 8th, 2009


I’m not sure of the reasons behind Swedish meatballs being chosen for the fifth cooking class… but I’m glad it was! Having never had Swedish meatballs before, I can’t comment on the authenticity of the flavours, but I was very happy with these flavoursome, slightly creamy, very more-ish meatballs. So much so that I did… lick the plate 🙂 .

This is a definite dish to try and can be modified to what you’ve got in the fridge or freezer, the original recipe was modified to include both pork and beef mince as I was told many of the Swedish meatball recipes on the internet varied between different minces and different ingredients. Our meatballs were served with mashed potato and honeyed caramelised onions in kumara (sweet potato) mash, although serve with what you desire, salad, rice or steamed vegetables.


Swedish Meatballs
Recipe from Taste.com.au

Serves: 4

1/2 cup (45g) breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (60ml) cream
500g Heart Smart beef mince (or 350g beef mince + 150g pork mice)
1 small onion, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
3/4 cup (185ml) beef stock
1 teaspoon cornflour
1/2 cup (125ml) cream, extra
Mixed salad leaves and crusty bread, to serve

Soak breadcrumbs in the cream. Add the mince, onion, garlic, allspice, egg and salt. Season with pepper. With wetted hands, shape mixture into small balls.


Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. In batches, cook meatballs until brown. Drain excess oil.


Return all meatballs to the pan and add the stock. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove the meatballs and cover with foil to keep warm.

Combine the cornflour with a little water and stir into the stock mixture. Heat through until boiling. Reduce heat to low. Add extra cream and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour sauce over meatballs and serve with salad leaves and crusty bread – or serve with mashed potato and veggies, as we did.





  1. Steph says:

    Ohhh yumm these remind me of the meatballs at IKEA that I love but they look so much better because they’re fresh! Definitely going to try this one myself 🙂

  2. Yum! I adore Swedish meatballs-especially the sauce. I always come away from a trip to Ikea with a bag although admittedly I think homemade ones are going to be better 😉

  3. You’ve timed this recipe perfectly after the Ikea crowd talking about their Swedish meatballs. I like your idea of putting caramelised onions in the mashed sweet potato!

  4. oh yumm…these look good! I had a swedish friend growing up and everytime we went to her home we had swedish meatballs…lovely!

  5. FFichiban says:

    Wahhhhhh I want meatballsss XD! and home cooked ones would be awesome XD!

  6. YUM! I love Swedish meatballs. But don’t tell my partner (half-Finnish!). These look great.

  7. Anita says:

    Thanks for the comments!

    Hi Steph – I’ve just heard great reviews about the meatballs at IKEA, I must try them. The only time I went to IKEA I spent all my time shopping and no time eating!! 🙁

    Hi Lorraine – I love the sauce too! I can’t believe how good it was 🙂 Home-made should surely be better, although I haven’t tried IKEA ones… yet 😛

    Hi Arwen – I was surprised at the timing too! We made these last week and I finally got a chance to post them and heard everyone talking about the ones at IKEA. Maybe anyone who can’t get in there can try make their own 🙂

    Hi Alexandra – Lucky you! I only just tried these, would have loved someone to make these for me earlier 🙂

    Hi FFichiban – 🙂 I thought you just had meatballs at IKEA? 😛 Hehehe Thanks!

    Hi Julia – Hehe, I won’t tell your partner 😛 Thanks

  8. Was going to mention IKEA but noticed others already did. 🙂 These meatballs look much better than the ones at IKEA, though.

  9. Hobosic says:

    Hi, Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your leaveroomfordessert.com.

  10. Anita says:

    Hi Leela – I must try these IKEA meatballs, they sound lovely. Thanks! 🙂

    Hi Hobosic – I try and update every couple of days, just depends on how busy I am. Thanks for visiting! 😛

  11. Melinda says:

    This is the same recipe I use, only I thicken the sauce with cornflour just before serving. It’s a favourite here!

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