IKEA Swedish Meatballs with Gravy


Makes approx 50 meatballs!

1/2 large yellow onion

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

Gravy Ingredients:

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 Directions:

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.

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