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Scrumptious Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Scrumptious Swedish Meatballs Recipe

How To make Meatballs Recipe ?
Course Dinner
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 serves
Calories 400kcal


  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (Japanese fine bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbl fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbl grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tbls butter or margarine


  • 1 beef bouillon
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsps tomato paste
  • 1 tsp instant coffee crystals
  • 2 tbls flour


  • Soak bread crumbs in milk. Combine soaked bread crumbs, ground beef, onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg, parsley, Parmesan cheese and egg until well mixed. Form little 1 inch meatballs. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in skillet. Brown meatballs well on all sides until they have a dark crust on them. This really adds to the flavor of the meatballs and the gravy. Remove meatballs when done and set aside.
  • For gravy, add to the skillet where meatballs were sauteed, water, beef bouillon cube, tomato paste, coffee crystals and flour. Turn up heat and stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil (about 2 minutes). Turn down heat while continuing to stir for several minutes. Add meatballs back into skillet. Cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes until gravy thickens. Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles. For a simple side dish to this meal, add a tomato salad with sliced red onions, oregano and Italian vinaigrette dressing.


TIP: The key to good meatballs is the right combinations of bread crumbs, liquid and egg measurements. If any of them are off, your meatballs will be either too soft and fall apart or, something you could break a window with. Make sure not to over mix the meat. If the meat feels too soft and squishy, than the meatballs will probably fall apart. So adjust ingredients accordingly. Remember, bread crumbs soaked in milk, contribute to the softness of the meatballs. The egg is what holds them together so they don't fall apart during cooking.