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Flavorful Swedish Meatballs

Our kids—Garrett, 10, and Heather, 5—love to roll the ground beef and pork mixture into these moist meatballs. We enjoy them prepared in a creamy gravy. But the frozen meatballs also are great additions to soups and stews, or to stir into spaghetti sauce and serve over pasta. —Stacy Thomas Anchorage, Alaska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 batches (6 servings each)


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each batch):
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Dash each nutmeg and pepper
  • Hot cooked noodles


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls (about 6 dozen).
  • Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • In a large skillet, prepare gravy mix according to package directions. Add half of the meatballs; cover and cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in the sour cream, nutmeg and pepper. Serve with noodles.
    Freeze option: Cool half of the meatballs; place in a freezer container. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Completely thaw in the refrigerator. Proceed as directed, increasing cooking time as needed to thoroughly heat the meatballs.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Mar 18, 2017

    Before my review, I'd like to state that these are called Swedish Meatballs... most of the Swedish Meatball recipes I know call for sour cream. Otherwise, this recipe is just meatballs and gravy. Kind of defeats the purpose of having Swedish Meatballs if you leave out the sour cream.That being said, this was a decent recipe. There are other Swedish Meatball sauces I prefer over this one. I think it should have more pepper for one. I also felt that the gravy flavor was a bit overpowering. I used a separate meatball recipe for my meatballs, so I'm only rating the sauce. If I wanted something really quick, this is a good recipe. However, I'll most likely stick with my other recipes over this one.

  • Katowe1
    Sep 12, 2016

    The meatballs were good but the next time I would forego the sour cream in the gravy. It gave it a different taste that I could have done without.

  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Jun 20, 2016

    The meatballs were GREAT! Will be my new meatball recipe. The gravy, eh. We didn't care for the sour cream in it, so I'll just make regular brown gravy next time. Served with mashed potatoes and green peas.

  • foxysimba
    Feb 23, 2015

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  • glitterchatter
    Nov 15, 2014

    I thought the meatballs were tasty but "okay"; however, the guys in my family loved them, and our dinner guests requested the recipe and talked about the Swedish meatballs a week later. That's a good sign! Definitely? double the gravy.

  • ferryal
    Jul 7, 2014

    Please don't hate me for the changes I made. Used ready made frozen turkey meatballs! I sautéd 8 0z. package of sliced bella mushrooms with 1 clove of garlic. Removed them from the pan. Added 3 packets of Maccormick brown gravy or mushroom gravy to the pan & made it according to package directions. Added fresh nutmeg. once it came to a boil, added 16 frozen Turkey meatballs and let it simmer for 15 min. Turned off the heat source & added 1 1/2 cups of light sour cream and served it over rice. absolutely fantastic and healthy! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with all of us.

  • lovecooker
    May 12, 2014

    Just made this tonight. Had fun making the meatballs it was a first for me and my grandkids one of them 7 and one of them 6. This is really good however it was just kinda like a meatball stroganhoff. I will definitely make it again. I had alot of meatballs I kept some out so we can have meatball sandwiches tomorrow night.

  • amygerman15
    Aug 18, 2013

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  • tstreich
    Jul 11, 2013

    These were wonderful. I did only use ground beef. I agree with others and would double the gravy - so I used one envelope of brown gravy mix and one envelope of onion gravy mix. I left the sour cream at 1/2 cup, but would probably double next time. Quick and easy and flavorful is fitting in the name.

  • FLZephyr
    Mar 14, 2013

    This recipe was a HUGE hit with my family. Even my youngest daughter who is going through a picky phase loved it and asked for seconds! After reading some of the other reviews, I did double the sauce ingredients which worked out perfectly for us.