Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Swedish Meatballs, Swedish Meatballs Recipe

SWEDISH MEATBALLS
  • 4 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground veal*
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • parsley, for garnish

*You can ask the butcher at the meat counter for ground veal if you cannot find it in your meat section. Or, you can substitute pork or ground beef for the veal if you cannot get veal. The veal, however, does add to the flavor.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook and stir 8 - 10 minutes or until onions are very soft. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine beef, veal, pork, bread crumbs, beaten eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg in large bowl. Add onions; mix well. Shape into balls (use 2 tablespoons of meat mixture for dinner-sized meatball or 1 tablespoon for cocktail-sized). Set aside.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Reheat skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 to 1/3 of meatballs. Do not crowd pan. Cook 8 minutes, shaking pan to allow meatballs to roll and brown evenly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 15 - 20 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to covered casserole dish and keep warm in oven.

Meanwhile, wipe out skillet. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, stir well. Combine milk, half-and-half, egg yolk, and salt in a small bowl. Slowly stir into the flour mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook and stir 3 minutes or until thickened. Remove dish from oven and pour sauce over meatballs. Place on serving platter, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately, or place in crockpot on low for a buffet. These are also wonderful as a main dish served over hot, buttered noodles.

Makes 72 cocktail-sized meatballs.

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