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Norwegian Meatballs

These meatballs are a favorite around our area. On May 17, Norwegian Independence Day, many people serve them with a mashed rutabaga and potato dish. So this recipe is both delicious and very traditional.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds extra-lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • GRAVY:
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Dash white pepper

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion and seasonings. Let stand until crumbs absorb milk. Add meat; stir until well blended. Shape into 1-in. meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° until browned, about 18 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°; drain. Set aside.
  • For gravy, in a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour and brown lightly. Slowly add broth; cook and stir until smooth and thickened. Blend in the cream, cayenne and white pepper. Gently stir in meatballs; heat through but do not boil.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 255 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 638mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein.

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