Swedish Meatball Recipe – Swedish meatballs are perfectly tender, with an easy-to-make homemade gravy that’s creamy and richly flavored. Serve over potatoes or noodles, with a spoonful of traditional tart lingonberry preserves on the side!
Sometimes I go to IKEA just because I’m hungry for Swedish Meatballs. Yes, it’s true. (And I know there are more of you out there who do the same!)
I grew up on my mom’s meatballs and gravy, always one of my favorite meals. She makes her meatballs with all-beef and serves the meatballs and gravy over creamy mashed potatoes. One of the best comfort meals EVER.
This Swedish meatball recipe is similar to Mom’s recipe (no Swedish roots there), yet still quite different. There could never be too much meatball recipe goodness, in my opinion!
Do you remember the first time you ate Swedish meatballs?
My first IKEA experience was back in the spring of 1999, when I was living near my sister and her husband in Illinois. I was newly engaged to my extra-tall (he’s 6′-7″), dark, and handsome Blake, and we were planning our wedding for later that same fall. The ceremony was set to take place outdoors, on my parents’ farm in South Dakota. A small intimate immediate-family-only wedding, with more family and friends invited to celebrate after the ceremony. It was to be casual to the core, with picnic tables, a pig roasted by a family friend, a beer wagon, and dancing to a dj’s (my cousin) tunes in the garage.
My vision for the evening’s reception included tiki torches lit along the length of the driveway, with twinkle lights strung overhead in the garage and zig zagging through the front yard’s autumn tree limbs. There would be galvanized lanterns hanging from the trees, too, illuminated by simple white tea lights. (Little did we know that our day would actually consist of pouring down rain. Thank goodness we had planned to use the garage and a big tent!) My sister suggested we visit the nearby IKEA in Schaumburg (IL), to pick up all the goods to make our wedding plans happen. And that’s when Blake and I came face to face with the famous Swedish meatballs of IKEA…
Blake and I moved to Minnesota shortly after we were married, and lucky for us, an IKEA opened up here just a few years later. While we continue to enjoy both the shopping and the meatballs at our local store, it’s been awesome to have our own recipe to make at home whenever the craving hits us.
How to make Swedish Meatballs
Swedish meatballs are typically made with a combination of beef and pork, which gives them great flavor and texture. They also include just a touch of allspice and/or nutmeg.
IKEA’s meatballs are tender and light in texture. My recipe includes breadcrumbs soaked in milk to achieve that same bite.
I like to use a 1-1/2 tablespoon scoop to portion the meat mixture (a bit bigger in size than IKEA), and then roll by hand to form the meatballs.
Then the meatballs are browned in a skillet on the stovetop. I love the texture and added flavor that browning adds.
Plenty of people will use cans of cream of mushroom soup for the gravy, but I’m sharing my easy method for homemade gravy here. You won’t believe how quickly the rich and creamy gravy comes together.
And I hope you’ll agree that it’s a super fun process!
Our oldest daughter likes seeing the homemade gravy evolve, and often requests to create it all on her own. Yes, it’s that easy!
The meatballs are perfectly tender and flavorful. And the rich and creamy gravy, poured over buttery boiled potatoes or whippy mashed potatoes, is whisked up from scratch.
It’s oh-so-worthy of licking your plate for.
And the piece that makes our IKEA Swedish meatballs replication complete? A spoonful of traditional lingonberry jam on the side, just like IKEA does. I’m in love with its tart contrast, much like a meal of Thanksgiving turkey and gravy with a side of cranberry sauce.
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Here are a few more recipes with creamy comfort: My Tater Tot Hotdish features a homemade gravy, similar to this one for Swedish meatballs – so many people love this recipe! Also try my mom’s Oyster Stew and this Creamy Enchilada Chili.
Note: If using beef broth, only add half the amount of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce to the gravy. Then taste test and add more of each if needed. from a farmgirl's dabbles As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419
Note: If using beef broth, only add half the amount of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce to the gravy. Then taste test and add more of each if needed.
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This post was previously published in 2013. Some of the photographs and some of the text were updated in 2019.
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