Authentic Swedish Meatballs


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50 mins (prep 20, cooking 30)
15 ingredients
6 servings
This recipe is one of my earliest food memories. Every Christmas Eve, my family enjoys an authentic Swedish Smorgasbord, of which this is an essential part. My mother still tells tales (and I'm 40) of me as a toddler, standing by the dish of meatballs and eating as many as I could hold. These are not spicy, like most Scandinavian food, but have a great flavor and texture. In fact, they are so soft, that I usually chill the meat mixture before rolling and frying to avoid meatballs with flat sides. I've included the directions for the gravy, which I usually don't make, as it's traditional, but the balls are wonderful without it on any buffet table, or as an addition to a potluck. They are also good cold, straight from the fridge. If you like to do OAMC cooking, these freeze beautifully, in fact, I never make less than 100 meatballs at a time, lightly brown them, then flash freeze to finish later. The traditional recipe calls for a mix of beef, pork, and veal- if you object to veal, they work equally well with an even mix of beef and pork. Don't try to use these as an option for spaghetti, the seasonings just don't match. Prep time does not include chilling the meat mixture or the prepared meatballs.

Categories:  <-60-mins , ground-beef , beef , meat , low-carb , low-in... , low-sodium , time-to-make ,
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Ingredients

Nutrition

Serving Size (69.98 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 242.27 Calories from Fat 58.59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.51g 60.13%
Saturated Fat 3.63g 109.02%
Trans Fat 0.08g %
Cholesterol 31.7mg 63.4%
Sodium 364.67mg 91.17%
Total Carbohydrate 32.3g 64.59%
Dietary Fiber 1.28 g 30.64%
Sugars 16.85 g %
Protein 13.59g 163.08%
Vitamin A 165.85IU% Vitamin C 2.26mg%
Calcium 402.02mg% Iron 1.15mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
 
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
ground beef, ground pork, ground veal, ground allspice, white pepper, white pepper
 

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