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Norwegian Meatballs Recipe

Norwegian Meatballs Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: about 16 servings.

Nutritional 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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268862
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

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

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 248453
Reviewed May. 21, 2016

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

Aecar123 User ID: 8641962 238376
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

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

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 15998
Reviewed 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."

SBH128 User ID: 6614014 16784
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"I've made this recipe several is fantastic! I love the spices in it, makes the meatballs very different from Italian style with garlic, basil, etc. I don't add the milk, but that's the only thing I omit from the original recipe."

kflanegan User ID: 163148 15970
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2010

"My grandmother always made Norwegian/Swedish meatballs every Christmas. Her recipe was lost, I found this one and it became the family tradition. Very good, you will be asked for the recipe if served to others."

foresthomefor5 User ID: 1331379 36993
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"My husband and three kids loved the norwegian meatballs. I served them with the gravy poured over mashed potatoes and a side of red pickeled cabage. Use real butter and real cream for best flavor,Yumm! I also used rounded spoonfuls on the seasonings because my family usually likes foods with a little extra flavor."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 42146
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2008

"This wasn't horrible, but wasn't good enough I'd make again. It just didn't have enough flavor for me. The meatballs were okay, not amazing, but not horrible."

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