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Swedish Meatballs Smothered in Gravy
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Easy Swedish Meatballs

Easy Swedish Meatballs smothered in gravy. You won't miss IKEAs version after tasting homemade.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 People
Author: Darcey Olson


  • 1 tbsp olive oil (Divided)
  • 1 Small Onion (Diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (Minced)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef or Pork
  • 1/4 cup Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Large Egg Yolk
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Allspice
  • Salt and Black Pepper (To taste)
  • 1 tbsp Pan Drippings
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 4 cup Beef Broth
  • 3/4 cup Full Fat Sour Cream
  • Salt and Black Pepper (To Taste)
  • OPTIONAL- Fresh Parsley Leaves


  • Pre-heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil followed by the onions and garlic. Cook until soft and translucent (approx. 3 minutes).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked onions, meat, bread crumbs, egg yolk, garlic and allspice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Using clean hands, mix until combined.
  • Form the meatballs by rolling the dough between the palms of your hands. Each meatball should be about 1.5".
  • Heat the same skillet back up to medium heat.
  • Add remaining oil followed by 6 meatballs (don't crowd the pan!). Cook until all sides are browned.
  • Once browned, transfer to a paper-lined cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining 6 meatballs.
  • After the meatballs are browned, remove the excess pan drippings, keeping only a tablespoon in the skillet.
  • Add the butter to the skillet and whisk in the flour until lightly browned (approx. 1 minute).
  • Whisk in the beef broth for about 2 minutes, until slightly thick.
  • Whisk in the sour cream.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add all 12 meatballs to the gravy and cook, turning the meatballs occasionally, until cooked throughout (approx. 10 minutes).
  • Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.


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