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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Swedish Meatballs

I have always loved Swedish meatballs, but until this weekend I had never made them.   I was feeling adventurous and thought why not.   I did some research online and in my cookbook collection, trying to find a recipe.   Nearly all the recipes I came across were pretty much the same, so I took several ideas I liked and combined them.   They turned out great!   I served mine with some buttered egg noodles, but they would be just as good with mashed potatoes or rice.   Here's  how I did them:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
(you could also use 2 pounds of either one)
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 egg
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1/8 tsp. allspice
a pinch of red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

Beat all of this together until very well blended and smooth.   It will be very moist, but not runny.   Chill about an hour, then take a heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture and form into a ball.   Flatten slightly on either side.   Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp. butter with 2 tbsp. oil in a large skillet.   Fry the meatballs until well browned on either side and remove from the pan onto a plate.   Repeat until all have been fried.   Pour off the fat from the pan, leaving as many of the browned bits in the bottom of the pan as possible.    Return 4 tbsps. of the fat to the pan, then add 1/4 cup of flour to the fat and cook about a minute.    Whisk in 3 cups of broth and cook until thickened and smooth.   Finally, add 1 cup of either sweet or sour cream and blend well.   Return the meatballs to the pan and heat through.    Enjoy!