Meatballs and Gravy Recipe
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Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

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"CHRISTMAS was the time when our family forgot about the food budget and splurged on one special meal. I can still see Grandmother making dozens of these little meatballs! The hint of spices gives them a savory taste that makes them authentically Norwegian."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter
  • GRAVY:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 302 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat the egg, milk, cornstarch, onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. Add beef; mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. meatballs. (Mixture will be very soft. For easier shaping, rinse hands in cold water frequently.)
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs in butter, half at a time, for about 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove meatballs to paper towels to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet.
  3. For gravy, add butter to drippings. Stir in flour. Add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Return meatballs to skillet; heat through on low. Garnish with parsley if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Norwegian Meatballs in Reminisce Extra December 1993, p47

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Reviewed Apr. 21, 2016

"Excellent. I've made them once and plan to make them again. My family loved it with mashed potatoes. I tripled the sauce. It goes well with the mashed potatoes. The one thing that didn't work well was they turned into meat patties instead of meat balls. I think I'm going to try and freeze the meat balls first and then cook them--perhaps that will help keep these round."

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

"I looooove southern food (Paula Deen recipe fanatic; minus half the butter) and when I came across this recipe I was skeptical about the outcome because of the spices used to season the meat but trust me, this recipe is more than phenomenal! You WILL love it. I wanted to debunk this recipe soooo bad that I made it exactly as written. I goofed and only had 1.25 lbs of meat instead of 1.5lbs so because I didn't reduce the milk, the meat was very wet but still held together in the pan. Even after that mishap, the recipe is still Worthy of a 5 star review. The gravy alone would make you wanna slap your mama. They were THAT GOOD!! Enjoy!!"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"I followed this recipe to a T. I was doubtful, but it seemed everyone loved these. The use of cornstarch instead of breadcrumbs along with the combination of spices had me scared. I can't begin to tell you how well these turned out. This is very similar to Swedish Meatball and is a great alternative when you don't have any sour cream on hand. I used evaporated low fat milk in place of the half and half."

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"Wow, this was a surprise in the taste. I had no idea they were going to be this good with what the recipe called for. Every one made a comment remarking how good they were. Will make them again."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"We enjoyed these meatballs; thank you!"

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