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Dad’s Swedish Meatballs

My father used to make these tender meatballs every year for Christmas when I was a kid. Now I carry on the tradition, and everyone still loves them.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill seed


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef and pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, cook meatballs in butter in batches until a thermometer reads 160°. Remove and keep warm.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients until blended. Stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with meatballs.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 465 calories, 37g fat (20g saturated fat), 175mg cholesterol, 1146mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • dancingfool
    Feb 25, 2021

    The Best Ever!!!

  • tcavman15
    Jan 9, 2021

    Very tasty, but definitely not diet-friendly. I made it as directed, and the flavor was awesome. With a few tweaks, it could be made with less fat and salt, and probably still taste authentic. I think the author meant dill weed, not dill seed.

  • uut4690
    Jan 8, 2018

    Everyone enjoyed these. I browned in a very small amount of oil and butter. Then cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Then I put in my crockpot to keep warm. I'll prepare again.

  • Carol
    Jan 11, 2017

    Although I haven't tried this, I can tell it's going to be a great recipe. I have one that only differs in three small ways. Rather than adding 1/2 lb ground pork, mine uses 1/4 lb ground pork, and 1/4 lb ground veal added to the beef, and they are ground together and/or mixed in a mixer. The gravy also calls for 2 T instant coffee and no dill seed. I don't know if any of these issues make a difference but I can see these recipes "merging" very easily to make wonderful Swedish Meatballs. I think the coffee adds something nothing else can, as I can see the dill seed adding it's own flavor, which would be very Scandinavian and wonderful.

  • Laylay0308
    Mar 24, 2016

    I have been making this recipe for several years. It is great for a good family comfort meal. It has so much flavor! I serve mine over thick egg noodles.

  • jeanc1
    Feb 24, 2014

    Looked a long time for swedish meat Balls these are the best I ever made. Definetly will make again. We eat ours over steamed white rice Jean Kulpmont, PA

  • theresahill
    Sep 22, 2013

    Great recipe! My family loved the flavor and I love the quickness of making the dinner.

  • Debiana
    Aug 9, 2013

    These were excellent!!! I too, baked the meatballs instead of frying (350 degree oven for 20 mins, turning once). Will definately be making these again!

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    Feb 28, 2013


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    Oct 21, 2012

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