Swedish Meatballs With Gravy Swedish Meatballs With Gravy

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Get perfectly seasoned Swedish meatballs right in the comforts of home with our fool-proof recipe that features a lingonberry gravy that’s just too good to resist. Look for Lingonberry jam in select grocery stores, eastern European and Scandinavian specially stores as well as the Ikea Swedish Food Market. 

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour


Lingonberry Gravy:


In bowl, stir together bread crumbs and milk. 

In skillet, heat 1 tbsp of the oil over medium heat; cook onion, stirring frequently until softened and just beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to large bowl; let cool. Add bread crumb mixture, beef, pork, veal, egg, dill (if using), salt, allspice, pepper and cloves, stirring until combined. With slightly wet hands, roll by rounded tbsp; place on baking sheet. (Makes about 60 meatballs.)

Preheat oven to 250°F. In large skillet, heat remaining 1 tbsp oil with butter over medium heat; in 4 batches, cook meatballs, turning often, until browned and no longer pink inside, 8 to 10 minutes. Place on clean baking sheet; keep warm in oven. 

Lingonberry Gravy: Drain all but 2 tbsp fat from skillet. Stir in flour; cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 1 minute. Stir in broth, jam, soy sauce, allspice and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cream; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Serve meatballs with jam (if using) and Lingonberry Gravy. Serve with Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Nordic-Style Pickled Beets (see recipes, right), if desired.

Test Kitchen Tip: As the pan gets hotter, the meatballs will brown quicker. If the last few batches are getting too dark, reduce the heat to medium-low.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Nutritional facts PER EACH OF 12 SERVINGS: about

  • Sodium 432 mg
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Protein 18 g
  • Calories 216
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Potassium 291 mg
  • Cholesterol 79 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 5 g


  • Iron 9
  • Folate 7
  • Calcium 3
  • Vitamin A 3
  • Vitamin C 2
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Swedish Meatballs With Gravy