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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

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • GRAVY:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Dash white pepper

Directions

  • 1. In a mixing bowl, combine 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 on a greased jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° until browned, about 18 minutes. Set aside.
  • 2. For gravy, melt butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Saute onion until tender. Stir in flour and brown lightly. Slowly add broth; cook and stir until smooth and thickened. Blend in cream, cayenne pepper 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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lizofstad
Reviewed 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."

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Jaimie
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2017

"Delicious over noodles! Time consuming but worth it."

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2124arizona
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

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

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joycerm53
Reviewed May. 21, 2016

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

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Aecar123
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

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

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rebelwithoutaclue
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."

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SBH128
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"I've made this recipe several times....it 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."

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kflanegan
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."

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foresthomefor5
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."

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scrambledwithcheese
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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