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Flavorful Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Flavorful Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Our kids—Garrett, 10, and Heather, 5—love to roll the ground beef and pork mixture into these moist meatballs. We enjoy them prepared in a creamy gravy. But the frozen meatballs also are great additions to soups and stews, or to stir into spaghetti sauce and serve over pasta. —Stacy Thomas Anchorage, Alaska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each batch):
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Dash each nutmeg and pepper
  • Hot cooked noodles


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls (about 6 dozen).
  • 2. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • 3. In a large skillet, prepare gravy mix according to package directions. Add half of the meatballs; cover and cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in the sour cream, nutmeg and pepper. Serve with noodles.
    Freeze option: Cool half of the meatballs; place in a freezer container. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Completely thaw in the refrigerator. Proceed as directed, increasing cooking time as needed to thoroughly heat the meatballs. Yield: 2 batches (6 servings each).

Reviews for Flavorful Swedish Meatballs

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Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

"The meatballs were GREAT! Will be my new meatball recipe. The gravy, eh. We didn't care for the sour cream in it, so I'll just make regular brown gravy next time. Served with mashed potatoes and green peas."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"I thought the meatballs were tasty but "okay"; however, the guys in my family loved them, and our dinner guests requested the recipe and talked about the Swedish meatballs a week later. That's a good sign! Definitely? double the gravy."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"Please don't hate me for the changes I made. Used ready made frozen turkey meatballs! I sautéd 8 0z. package of sliced bella mushrooms with 1 clove of garlic. Removed them from the pan. Added 3 packets of Maccormick brown gravy or mushroom gravy to the pan & made it according to package directions. Added fresh nutmeg. once it came to a boil, added 16 frozen Turkey meatballs and let it simmer for 15 min. Turned off the heat source & added 1 1/2 cups of light sour cream and served it over rice. absolutely fantastic and healthy! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with all of us."

Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"Just made this tonight. Had fun making the meatballs it was a first for me and my grandkids one of them 7 and one of them 6. This is really good however it was just kinda like a meatball stroganhoff. I will definitely make it again. I had alot of meatballs I kept some out so we can have meatball sandwiches tomorrow night."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"These were wonderful. I did only use ground beef. I agree with others and would double the gravy - so I used one envelope of brown gravy mix and one envelope of onion gravy mix. I left the sour cream at 1/2 cup, but would probably double next time. Quick and easy and flavorful is fitting in the name."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"This recipe was a HUGE hit with my family. Even my youngest daughter who is going through a picky phase loved it and asked for seconds! After reading some of the other reviews, I did double the sauce ingredients which worked out perfectly for us."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"AWESOME ! I will make these again. I would use 3pkgs. gravy with more sour cream for more sauce next time. I also added freeze dried chives...yumm!!"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"Lots of flavor. I added sautéd Crimini Mushrooms to the sauce. I used 1 & 1/2 packets of gravy mix and three meats: ground pork, beef and turkey.

My mom has been really picky in her Senior years and she said that this was great and that we should keep this in regular dinner rotation!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"Was excellent, I did use an extra packet of gravy and next time will probably do 3, we really loved the sauce. The meatballs were great, the kids loved it!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"Very flavourful meatballs and I love having enough to freeze also. Will definitely make this again but will double up on the sauce and add more sour cream next time."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I have made this recipe many times. It is a family hit! When I am pinched for time, I used the frozen italian meatballs instead. I also double the sauce, but that's just our preference because we love the sauce so much!"

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Very delicious!! My daycare loved it, and ate the whole thing!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Although I didn't try the sauce, I was looking for a pork/beef mixture for meatballs and decided to try this recipe. The flavor was outstanding and since they "all wouldn't fit into the container" (my hubby's words) he had to make the supreme sacrifice of eating 8 of them right away! This will definitely be my go to recipe for meatballs."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I don't ever remember liking Swedish Meatballs when I was younger but I decided to try it now that I appreciate a variety of dishes. I can honestly say these are the BEST swedish meatballs I have ever had! In fact, my whole family wondered at the flavor of these! The only thing I changed was the amount of sour cream (I put a whole cup) because the amount in the recipe yielded very little gravy. But other than that---absolute perfection. Thank you for this recipe! It is now a regular tradition in our home."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"One of my family's all-time Taste of Home favorites! It is highly yummy, and I love how I get two batches from one preparation. The meatballs freeze beautifully and are a snap to get to the table. This is a winner!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2009

"Excellent recipe. My daughter enjoyed helping me shape the meatballs. I might cut back on the amount of onion powder and add a chopped onion to the meat ball mix next time, but other than that I'd make no changes. Try serving it over mashed potatoes instead of noodles."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008

"The sauce worked well with frozen meatballs too! Good & Easy"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2008

"Wow! I can see why your children love this recipe. It was absolutely delicious!"

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