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Swedish Meatballs

I can still remember how happy it made my mom to cook something special for a family gathering. My parents were ranchers all their lives, so almost every main dish featured beef. This is Mom's recipe for tender Swedish meatballs with a thick savory gravy. -Donna Hanson, Lusk, Wyoming
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 slices white bread, torn
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk. Add bread; mix gently and let stand for 5 minutes. Add beef, onion, baking powder, salt and pepper; mix well (mixture will be soft). Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • In a large skillet, brown meatballs, a few at a time, in shortening. Place in an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. In a bowl, stir soups and milk until smooth; pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 399 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 1065mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jul 10, 2017

    These meatballs turned out kinda bland up against the other Swedish meatballs in your file.

  • FatCat17
    Sep 10, 2013

    Very easy and quite good. I make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze. Then I use them on fall camping trips. I put them in a dutch oven and cover with coals and everyone thinks I spent all day cooking.

  • captgeo5
    Jun 6, 2013

    the meatballs are excellent (five Star )the sauce mix is ok ,a nice recipe , i will make it again and change the sauce mix a bit , a must make for any kitchen

  • Scrappyswede
    Jun 8, 2012

    I'm sorry, I haven't even made the recipe but I have to rate it 1 star due to the fact that you call it Swedish meatballs and using a white gravy!!! Being a Swede and I have even asked so many others since I was appalled when coming to the States and seeing how they kept having Swedish meatballs at the store and in a white gravy. We serve them with a brown thin gravy if we have gravy with them. For example how IKEA serve them

  • jewels2468
    Dec 9, 2011

    While the flavor was good, I didn't care for the mushiness of the meatball. My husband loved it. I will probably not make this dish again.

  • ValerieMS
    Dec 7, 2011

    My husband saw this recipe and asked me to make it. He loves it!!!

  • LeAnn56
    Aug 22, 2011

    I loved how tender these meatballs are. I have taken the meat part of the dish to add spices and made meatloaf, a very tender meatloaf, that my husband says is netter than his mothers.

  • Stacey4
    Nov 30, 2010

    it was okay. I've tasted better swedish meatball recipes.

  • la210
    Sep 29, 2010

    I made this Monday, the meatballs were good but the sauce was not so good. Really don't know what I would do to improve it.

  • angelbaby52585
    Sep 9, 2010

    My family said that they kinda tasted like meatloaf minus ketchup and add gravy...very good though!