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Ikea Swedish Meatballs with Gravy

    Makes approx 50 meatballs!


  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 4 slices bread cubed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3/4 lb ground beef 80/20
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • grated fresh nutmeg about 4 swipes or 1/8 teaspoon
  • white pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • dried parsley as garnish optional


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • salt/cracked black pepper to taste


  • Saute onion in the butter over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to medium low and whisk in milk, Worcestershire, allspice, nutmeg, salt and white pepper and bring to a simmer then remove from heat.
  • Place bread cubes in a bowl and pour onion mixture over top. Mix well and let cool.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix cooled bread-onion mix into beaten egg, ground pork, and ground beef.
  • Shape into 1 inch meatballs and place on two greased baking sheets, 5 across and 6 rows total.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Serve topped with gravy, garnished with parsley and with a side of Lingonberry preserves (found at Ikea) and mashed potatoes.

Gravy :

  • In a large skillet, melt butter on medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour slowly and cook until smooth and slightly darkened.
  • Add the beef broth, allspice, salt, pepper, and
  • Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and stir until gravy thickens.
  • Stir in sour cream, mix well, and serve warm on top of meatballs.