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Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 302 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.