Mom’s Swedish Meatballs
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.
- 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2-3/4 cups 2% milk
- 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 package (16 ounces) egg noodles
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. meatballs (about 36). In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs in batches. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain, reserving drippings in pan.
- For gravy, stir flour into drippings; cook over medium-high heat until light brown (do not burn). Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Stir in the consomme, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Reduce heat to medium-low; return meatballs to pan. Cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until meatballs are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; toss with butter. Serve with meatball mixture; sprinkle with parsley.
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Nutrition Facts6 meatballs with 1-3/4 cups noodles and about 1/3 cup sauce: 837 calories, 33g fat (14g saturated fat), 256mg cholesterol, 1744mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 50g protein.
Dec 5, 2019
Rating the sauce only since I have a fool-proof tender and delicious meatball recipe already. I noticed that this recipe used canned consomme which is something I always keep in my pantry for quick onion gravies, onion soups, stroganoff sauces, etc. And, I had just not found a good Swedish meatball sauce that was packed with umami goodness until now. The meatballs were browned in an oil and butter combo. Instead of lower fat milk, I used a combo of evaporated milk blended with Mexican table cream. That mix makes cream gravies richer and they do not separate even with extended simmering. It only took approximately two cups of the dairy to have the perfect thickness for the gravy. I did add a pinch of allspice to gravy (there was also allspice and nutmeg in the meatballs themselves. I did not need to add any additional salt to the gravy - the consomme provided more than enough. The meatballs were then simmered until done in the sauce (approximately 10 mins) and then the dish was served over mashed potatoes with lingonberry jelly on the side. It was so delicious! It tasted like the famous IKEA Swedish meatballs but somehow even better. This will be the *only* gravy recipe that I use for now own.
Nov 25, 2019
I added garlic and used heavy in place of the milk. Very easy and quick to put together. Tasty!
Aug 3, 2019
FOR KAYLYN - a very Swedish boss of mine gave me his Swedish grandmother's recipe for meatballs. It had allspice but it also had a can of cream of mushroom soup for the gravy! He said you had to sing Swedish lullabies while cooking them and guess what? They were delicious!!
Jul 11, 2019
If there isn't generous amounts of Allspice then it isn't Swedish Meatballs. Whoever submitted this isn't Scandinavian.
Dec 24, 2018
I absolutely loved this recipe. So it is not authentic Swedish Meatballs - she did not claim it to be. Americanized versions of any recipe are not to be dismissed, they are delicious in their own right! Having said that, I will admit that I substituted 2/3 ground pork for the same amount of hamburger. I also used full cream in place of the milk. Delicious, and to American tastes, which is not a bad thing! Thank you for the recipe - it is very tasty!
Nov 11, 2018
I halved the recipe and used half 2% milk and 1/2 half and half since some of the comments said the sauce was a little thin. Sauce was perfect and it was delicious!
Feb 20, 2018
very good! added celery to gravy.
Jan 24, 2018
I thought it was good. Very simple for people just starting out. I would make it again only changes I would make is heavy cream or whole milk instead of 2%milk. I did add garlic. And I would suggest to anyone making this to pretty much cook your meat balls almost all the way thru before putting them into the sauce. Not just brown the sides. As far as some of you rude woman saying it's dog food. You must not be able to cook or follow directions. You do not have to put people down you can simple state it wasn't for you. No it's not authentic Swedish but she never claimed they were. They are her version. Smh need attention much ? I thought Facebook was bad. Can't even enjoy recipes anymore either. Negativity everywhere. I enjoyed it none the less. Thanks for the recipe
Jan 22, 2018
Dianne, why not just add your recipe as your own separately instead of making the rest of have to read it when this is not the recipe posted? So what if this recipe isn’t considered authentic Swedish meatballs, I made it and it tasted fantastic. I hate when people think it’s ok to be so mean.
Dec 1, 2017
Excellent flavor and meatball consistency. This was the first time I've made Swedish meatballs and my family loved it. I used 1 pound ground turkey and 1 pound ground beef, panko for the bread crumbs, and added 1 teaspoon ground minced garlic in the gravy.