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Flavorful Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Flavorful Swedish Meatballs Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls (about 6 dozen).
  • 2. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 2 batches (6 servings each).

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 263587
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7617173 254011
Reviewed 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."

[email protected] User ID: 1665956 249640
Reviewed 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."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 203978
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3337544 48014
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6249687 34566
Reviewed 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."

tstreich User ID: 1042559 83586
Reviewed 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 User ID: 728094 34564
Reviewed 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."

springbrookgoldenlover User ID: 2604503 29440
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"AWESOME ! I will make these again. I would use 3pkgs. gravy with more sour cream for more sauce next time. I also added freeze dried chives...yumm!!"

YolKBrd User ID: 7074035 33823
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"Lots of flavor. I added sautéd Crimini Mushrooms to the sauce. I used 1 & 1/2 packets of gravy mix and three meats: ground pork, beef and turkey.

My mom has been really picky in her Senior years and she said that this was great and that we should keep this in regular dinner rotation!"

cmnelson5 User ID: 3439674 75083
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"Was excellent, I did use an extra packet of gravy and next time will probably do 3, we really loved the sauce. The meatballs were great, the kids loved it!"

Bezzieanne User ID: 6656547 70189
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"Very flavourful meatballs and I love having enough to freeze also. Will definitely make this again but will double up on the sauce and add more sour cream next time."

GJ7072 User ID: 5737134 89622
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I have made this recipe many times. It is a family hit! When I am pinched for time, I used the frozen italian meatballs instead. I also double the sauce, but that's just our preference because we love the sauce so much!"

jamesimpala3 User ID: 1436561 34562
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Very delicious!! My daycare loved it, and ate the whole thing!"

SkittyOne User ID: 5338689 29492
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Although I didn't try the sauce, I was looking for a pork/beef mixture for meatballs and decided to try this recipe. The flavor was outstanding and since they "all wouldn't fit into the container" (my hubby's words) he had to make the supreme sacrifice of eating 8 of them right away! This will definitely be my go to recipe for meatballs."

CuriousCook User ID: 4569935 108402
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I don't ever remember liking Swedish Meatballs when I was younger but I decided to try it now that I appreciate a variety of dishes. I can honestly say these are the BEST swedish meatballs I have ever had! In fact, my whole family wondered at the flavor of these! The only thing I changed was the amount of sour cream (I put a whole cup) because the amount in the recipe yielded very little gravy. But other than that---absolute perfection. Thank you for this recipe! It is now a regular tradition in our home."

doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 29489
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"One of my family's all-time Taste of Home favorites! It is highly yummy, and I love how I get two batches from one preparation. The meatballs freeze beautifully and are a snap to get to the table. This is a winner!"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 70188
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2009

"Excellent recipe. My daughter enjoyed helping me shape the meatballs. I might cut back on the amount of onion powder and add a chopped onion to the meat ball mix next time, but other than that I'd make no changes. Try serving it over mashed potatoes instead of noodles."

shellsotr2 User ID: 2126547 108256
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008

"The sauce worked well with frozen meatballs too! Good & easy"

amethystra User ID: 1679864 70120
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2008

"Wow! I can see why your children love this recipe. It was absolutely delicious!"

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