We all like Ikea Swedish Meatballs , don’t we ?? My 7 years old son is a fan of their meatballs , although we don’t go there often , but once in a while when we go there shopping , we always make time to stop by their food court to have one and only swedish meatballs . My 7 years complains often because kids meal , only has 5 meatballs and we know their meatballs are tiny , small .. So , in my attempt to make my son happy and to surprise him , i tried making our own swedish meatballs . And the result is good , more than good , it’s great .Super easy , not exactly quick , unless you have a big electric skillet . I used 2 lbs of meat , and it makes quite a bit , probably about 50 small meatballs , if you make them Ikea size , you will get more meatballs . So , anyway , enjoy this delicious meatballs !! They’re not hard to make at all , just takes a little time .
For the meatballs , you need :
1 cup of chopped red onion
1 lb of ground beef , extra lean 96%
1 lb of ground pork
1 1/4 cup of plain bread crumbs
3/4 cup of milk
1 beaten egg
almost 1/2 tsp. of ground allspice
1/8 tsp. of ground nutmeg
1 3/4 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. of black pepper
1. Heat vegetable oil on a skillet , then cook the chopped onion for about 5-6 minutes . Set aside , let it cool in a large bowl .
2. While the onion cools , mix the breadcrumbs with milk , let it sit for 5 minutes .
3. Add the ground beef and ground pork , beaten egg , about 1 3/4 tsp. of salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper , ground nutmeg and ground allspice , bread crumbs , to the bowl , with the cooked onion . Mix with your hands well . Using 1 tbsp. make into a ball .
4. Return to the skillet , with a drop of oil , ( or butter , i prefer oil ) , cook about 5-6 minutes total , shake the skillet often to cook the meatballs .Do in batches , and while you cook the rest , place the cooked meatballs in the 200 F oven .
Now , let’s move on to the gravy
1/2 c. of chopped onion
6 tbsp.all purpose flour
4 cups of beef broth
splash of heavy cream
1/4 c.of currant jelly
In the same skillet you use for the meatballs , cook onion about 4 minutes , then add the flour , cook about 2 minutes to take the rawness out . Then add beef broth a little at a time , while whisking , you want to whisk non stop , or else it will get lumpy . After few minutes , it should thicken , and then add a splash of heavy cream in there , keep whisking , then add 1/4 cup of red currant jelly . Then return the meatballs into the skillet with its gravy and let it simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes . Serve with mashed potatoes and red currant jelly and cucumber salad .