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Best Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Best Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Our family has been using this recipe for more than 40 years. The tender meatballs are made with a combination of beef, veal and pork, then spiced with nutmeg and ginger. If your family likes their meatballs a little milder, reduce the nutmeg to 1/2 teaspoon. Coffee adds nice color to the gravy, which is delicious over noodles.—Rev. Jim Thyren, West Pittston, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 pound each ground beef, veal and pork
  • GRAVY:
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed coffee
  • Hot cooked egg noodles, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs and cream; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the egg, onion, parsley, salt, nutmeg and ginger. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3. Transfer meatballs to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Scrape pan drippings into a small saucepan; stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in broth and coffee. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over meatballs.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with noodles if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 371 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 878mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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annrms User ID: 2649709 232643
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"This recipe is savory and delicious. I made this for the TOH ingredient challenge for coffee. The coffee makes the gravy a medium brown color and imparts a great depth of, not coffee. I suggest as GoldieBell48 did that extra gravy is welcome. I served it with rice the first night and with mushroom mashed potatoes the second night. Thanks for your recipe."

GoldieBell48 User ID: 7051388 168718
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"These meatballs are our family favorite. I make extra gravy in case there are leftovers. We love the delicate spicing. Winter comfort food at it's best!"

Janknits User ID: 5794271 211235
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"I made them last night for a pot luck and they were a big hit. The recipe I was familiar with used coffee to add flavor to the gravy. This recipe is very similar to the one I used to use. It is delicious. Thanks for sharing!"

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