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Swedish Meatballs

The perfect addition to your holiday party menu.
Swedish Meatballs

Servings : Many as appetizer, 6-8 as main dish - Prep Time : 30 minutes - Total Time : 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 6 Tbs butter
  • 2 yellow onions, minced
  • 4 slices rye bread, cut into small pieces
  • 3 ½ c beef broth
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ t ground nutmeg
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 2 lbs ground beef (lean works fine, too)
  • ½ c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 t minced dill


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Heat skillet to medium-high heat and melt ~1 tbs butter or olive oil, and cook onions until translucent (5-7 minutes).
  • In a large bowl, mix bread, egg yolks, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Add 1/4 cup sour cream and 1/3 cup broth. Transfer onions from skillet to bowl and mash all content with a fork until combined. Add meat and mix, kneading with your hands (if you’re brave enough - it really does help!) until very well combined and even.
  • Grease a wire rack and set it inside a lined cookie sheet. (Tinfoil works best as a liner.)
  • Make 1 and 1/4 inch meatballs from the mixture, rolling with your hands.
  • Once oven is ready, bake for 13-16 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Once browned, remove from oven and transfer meatballs to slow-cooker.


  • Your sauce starts with a rue. Melt butter in skillet over low-medium heat. Turning heat up to medium, whisk in flour with butter about 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to brown (it’s important you whisk constantly during this step!).
  • Pour in remaining broth slowly and mix. Bring to a boil.
  • Remove skillet from heat and pour sauce over meatballs in slow cooker. Cover the slow-cooker and cook at low heat 4 hours, thickening the sauce and making the meatballs tender.
  • Turn off slow cooker and spoon half cup of sauce into a separate, small bowl. Into the separated sauce, whisk the remaining sour cream, dill, and soy sauce. Stir back into slow-cooker.


  • Spear each meatball with a cocktail toothpick and arrange on a tray. Voila – You have a beautiful party appetizer. Or serve with egg noodles as a main dish.

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