Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Swedish Meatballs Recipe


  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or veal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon concentrated meat extract
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablepoons flour
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Soak bread crumbs in milk until softened.
  • Add onion to 1 tablespoon butter in small saucepan and cook slowly 3 minutes.
  • Mix softened bread, cooked onion and meat.
  • Add eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg and paprika.
  • Mix thoroughly until very smooth and light.
  • Shape meat into small balls, dusting the hands with flour while shaping the balls.
  • Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in large frying pan.
  • Add meat balls and fry until golden brown all over.
  • Remove from pan and add meat extract and 3 tablespoons flour.
  • Stir untl well blended.
  • Add water and a few grains of pepper.
  • Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Reduce heat very low and cook 5 minutes.
  • Stir in sour cream, a rounded tablespoon at a time, stirring until thoroughly blended after each addition of sour cream.
  • Return meat balls to gravy, cover pan and simer very gently 10 minutes.
  • Serve in deep casserole.
  • Sprinkle with minced parsley.


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