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Scandinavian Meatballs with Dill Sauce Recipe

This recipe is handwritten in a cookbook that's used so often, I have to hold it together with rubber bands! The meatballs have appealing old-world flavor. —Linda Swanson, Riverside, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated peeled apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/2 cup cubed rye bread (1/4-inch cubes)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the eggs, cream, apple, raisins, bread, onions, almonds if desired, salt and pepper. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Place on a greased wire rack in a baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add the broth and dill. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in yogurt and water chestnuts. Serve over meatballs. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 388 calories, 27g fat (14g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 538mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

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