Saturday, July 18, 2009

Middag! (that's Swedish for dinner)

Swedish meatballs (Kottbullar) are probably the best known dish in Swedish cuisine and are usually part of the traditional smorgasbord. They are a crowd pleasing entertaining dish or perfect for a hearty, warming supper and for good reason - they are so tasty (and who hasn't had a sneaky meatball stop at the cafe when bookshelf shopping at IKEA? Guilty as charged )

So, think "Sweden", put on your viking horns, head to the kitchen, crank up ABBA's Greatest Hits and get cooking! (OK, if you don't like ABBA, you can substitute Roxette - they are Swedish too)

Swedish Meatballs (Kottbullar)

You will need: 500g beef mince, 1 finely chopped brown onion, 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery, 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons finely chopped gherkins or pickled cucumbers, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 1/3 teaspoon ground/grated nutmeg, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon salted butter, 1 tablespoon plain flour, 500mls beef stock, 250ml cream, salt and pepper.

Method: Heat a splash of olive oil and half of the butter in a pan and cook the onion and celery until it begins to turn transparent. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the mince, breadcrumbs, egg, gherkins/cucumbers, parsley and nutmeg. Season well with salt and pepper. Add the cooked onion mixture and using damp hands mix thoroughly. Shape into small balls an put them on a tray. Chill them for about an hour in the fridge.

Heat the olive oil and remaining butter in a pan and gently cook the meatballs in batches until lightly brown. Remove them from the pan and set aside.

Add the flour to the pan and cook for about a minute. Remove from the heat and whisk in the stock. Return to the heat and gently simmer until the mixture starts to thicken. Add the cream and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Return the meatballs to the sauce and mix them through gently. Simmer for another couple of minutes. Serve with mash or crusty bread.



  1. Oh yum, please deliver these to my house right now!

  2. What's Swedish for "I'm in my jammies and I'm not leaving the house??" :)

  3. haha, nice to see meatballs NOT from Ikea!

  4. hiih,I was just about to say that. Love them form ikea though,tried to make them myself a hundred times,never managed,,,So thanks!!!