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Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Swedish Meatballs Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 845443 269293
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2017

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

FatCat17 User ID: 3031493 4726
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6856757 9596
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6729188 6284
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2727773 8848
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4364700 8896
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

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

LeAnn56 User ID: 6108609 3099
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2823471 7870
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

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

la210 User ID: 793713 8690
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5418432 4709
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

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

lightedway User ID: 4228023 200249
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"These meatballs are good. We had them over egg noodles. I will make them again for church fellowship since this recipe makes a big pan. Perhaps next time I will add a pinch of nutmeg for that Swedish Meatball taste I feel it was missing. The sauce is soup and that is what it tastes like. It's soup over good meatballs.

TheSheepfold User ID: 3436726 8843
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"A wonderful cold weather favorite! This one pleases the whole family. My teen daughter requests this one frequently. This recipe is easy enough for a teen to make, but it does require a fair amount of time. Worth the effort!"

cindymh User ID: 2098934 9155
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2009

"Haven't seen a swedish meatball recipe this good for years!! I'm picky I guess when it comes to meatballs, but I loved these!!!! As did my dad!! I made them for Fathers Day dinner!!"

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