Fall is a perfect season for these oven baked Swedish meatballs! This hearty dish, served with creamy sauce and mashed potatoes is a classic comfort food!
So remember how I said it was still pretty warm in Spain? Well, I have to correct this information because it is no longer the truth. So the update on the weather: raining for almost 2 days! Yes. Raining. And of course grey sky. Dark clouds! Wind! I felt like living in Ireland again!
However, today we have a beautiful day again. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and cloudless. It looks perfect. It’s just… the weather is not that warm anymore. By this I mean we don’t walk in shorts and T-shirt around the house because it is chilly. And once you need to wear a jumper you know that the winter is REALLY coming.
Now because the weather is getting colder each day I am ready for all the delicious cooked and hearty dishes. Dishes like these oven baked Swedish meatballs.
And when these oven baked Swedish meatballs come to my head another thing pops right next – IKEA!
Guys, I am a huge IKEA fan! Yes, yes, yes! That’s what I am. I can’t help it. I could spend the entire day walking around and looking for new inspiration, new bits and pieces or just simply looking. But let’s be honest here it never ends up at just looking. There is always something I might like or need or maybe need in the future! Haha!
Anyways, thanks to IKEA I had actually learned that there is such a thing as Swedish meatballs. I would normally make meatballs with tomato sauce. For me, meatballs were just meatballs. So when we were shopping in IKEA and finally tasted them, Siim was keen on making our version of IKEA Swedish meatballs recipe! So we did!
Now bear in mind these are not an authentic Swedish meatball recipe! This is just our attempt at making Swedish meatballs. We used breadcrumbs but I think people in Sweden use bread, soaked in milk. When it comes to seasoning we used salt and pepper only. The fried onion gives it a nice flavor as well as texture.
Swedish meatball sauce recipe:
The sauce is pretty straight-forward. Once the butter has melted, stir in the flour. Afterwards, add the rest of the ingredients, whisking constantly. Then simmer until the sauce has thickened and you are ready to serve.
By the way:
The authentic Swedish meatballs are served with lingonberry jam. Did you know that? Have you ever seen or eaten lingonberries? I haven’t. And forgive me for not knowing this but I thought these meatballs were served with cranberry jam. That’s what it looked to me anyways. But now I know!
Oven Baked Swedish Meatballs
- 0.9 lb Mixed Mince (400g)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Onion
- 3.4 fl oz Milk or Cream (100ml)
- 2 Potatoes
- 2/3 cup Bread Crumbs
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- 1 tablespoon Butter
For the Meatballs:
- Finely chop the onions and fry until golden brown.
- Wash, peel & dice potatoes. Boil them, drain the water and let them cool down. Mash them with a fork.
- Throw in breadcrumbs, cooked onion, minced meat, egg and milk/cream. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Line a baking tray with a baking paper.
- Take about a tablespoon of the mix and form a ball. Place it onto the baking tray and repeat until you have used the whole mixture.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200C/400F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown (and cooked throughout).
- Alternatively you can fry them on a pan but we prefer baking them in the oven. It is a healthier option (oil-free) and you don’t need to be watching them constantly.
For the Sauce:
- Melt the butter over low heat. Stir in flour. Whisk in milk/cream, soy sauce, water, salt and pepper.
- Simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens.
- Serve with mashed potatoes!