Swedish Meatballs Recipe
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Swedish Meatballs Recipe

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I can still remember how happy it made my mom to cook something special for a family gathering. My parents were ranchers all their lives, so almost every main dish featured beef. This is Mom's recipe for tender Swedish meatballs with a thick savory gravy. -Donna Hanson, Lusk, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 slices white bread, torn
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 399 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 164 mg cholesterol, 1065 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk. Add bread; mix gently and let stand for 5 minutes. Add beef, onion, baking powder, salt and pepper; mix well (mixture will be soft). Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. In a large skillet, brown meatballs, a few at a time, in shortening. Place in an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. In a bowl, stir soups and milk until smooth; pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Swedish Meatballs in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p39

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"Very easy and quite good. I make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze. Then I use them on fall camping trips. I put them in a dutch oven and cover with coals and everyone thinks I spent all day cooking."

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"the meatballs are excellent (five Star )the sauce mix is ok ,a nice recipe , i will make it again and change the sauce mix a bit , a must make for any kitchen"

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"I'm sorry, I haven't even made the recipe but I have to rate it 1 star due to the fact that you call it Swedish meatballs and using a white gravy!!! Being a Swede and I have even asked so many others since I was appalled when coming to the States and seeing how they kept having Swedish meatballs at the store and in a white gravy. We serve them with a brown thin gravy if we have gravy with them. For example how IKEA serve them"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"While the flavor was good, I didn't care for the mushiness of the meatball. My husband loved it. I will probably not make this dish again."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"My husband saw this recipe and asked me to make it. He loves it!!!"

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