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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


  • 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


  • 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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  • Stefanie
    Apr 28, 2020

    Did not have heavy cream on hand for gravy, so this review is strictly for the meatballs. We will forever season our meatballs this way! Absolutely delicious blend of flavors, and a million times better than the standard "Italian" seasoning. (If you are on the Keto diet - this recipe works really well with the porkrinds substitution).

  • Rachel
    Nov 1, 2019

    I did what a previous reviewer did and added better that bouillon beef flavor to my gravy, and I substituted onion powder for the minced onion in the meatballs because my son has an onion texture aversion. It was great over egg noodles! Should have made more gravy though!

  • IndyCatMom
    Oct 13, 2019

    If you want more of a flavor punch, add something like "Better Than Bouillon" beef flavor. It made a good dish absolutely delicious. I halved the recipe because there are only two of us.

  • lizofstad
    Dec 13, 2017

    Huge hit! I made this for my Daughters of Norway Jul Fest. Everyone loved them. I only used a couple dashes of pepper as I'm not a pepper fan. You actually need two jelly roll pans and even then they will be packed. I would try 17 minutes as one pan got a little over done.

  • Jaimie
    Oct 19, 2017

    Delicious over noodles! Time consuming but worth it.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 2, 2017

    These are soooo good!! We've fixed them many times and everyone loves them!!

  • joycerm53
    May 21, 2016

    Very good meatballs! Made them for Norwegian Independence Day. Big hit!

  • Aecar123
    Nov 29, 2015

    Im 17 and I made these meatballs for a school project for the first time. They are amazing.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Apr 3, 2014

    These are so much better than Swedish Meatball. I think it is the gravy. I made 1 day ahead and then re-heated with gravy.

  • montanaarlt
    Dec 26, 2012

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