Swedish Meatballs Recipe {Oven Baked} – Cooking Classy

Cooking classy meatball recipe

Easy Swedish dumplings made with a mixture of beef and pork tastily seasoned and mixed with a blanket of rich homemade sauce.

These are perfectly filling and tender and you’ll love that this version is baked, so you don’t have to tend to each meatball individually and cook in two batches to fit in a pan.

Serving of Swedish meatballs in egg noodles with a side of asparagus on a plate of speckled cream. What are Swedish meatballs

? Swedish meatballs

are a

classic Swedish dish typically composed of a mixture of ground meats, vibrant spices, and are combined with a rich, creamy, meaty sauce.

You’ll traditionally find them served with mashed potatoes and paired with a side of bright, sweet cranberry jam (which tastes a lot like cranberry sauce).

It’s a comforting homemade dinner that is sure to satisfy! And did I mention that these are much better than the Ikea?

Swedish dumplings video I

love them combined with both when I have time to puree potatoes, but for an easier weekday dinner they are also delicious served over a bed of egg noodles, preparation is much easier!

Swedish meatballs in a large nonstick skillet

What ingredients go into Swedish


  • Fresh breadcrumbs: Fresh breadcrumbs will give better flavor and texture instead of using dry
  • .

  • Spices: nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, salt and pepper: these spices give meatballs their unique flavor. If you don’t have cardamom you can skip it because it’s a bit expensive.
  • Butter and flour: necessary for the base of the roux for a buttery and very thick sauce.
  • Yellow onion and garlic: these add a lot of flavor, garlic is not so traditional but I say a little never hurts.
  • Milk: This adds moisture to the dumplings. Preferably use whole or 2%.
  • Egg yolks: I like to use only yolks so that egg whites don’t make meatballs rubbery or dry.
  • Ground beef and ground pork: Mixing the two adds the perfect flavor. I use 85% lean meat. The fats keep the meatballs juicy and tender, plus they will brown better.
  • Meat broth: I prefer to use low-sodium broth, but regular will also work well.
  • Heavy cream: Feel free to use less broth and more cream for an even richer sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This adds a great depth of flavor to the sauce and really enhances the flavors of the meat.
  • Fresh parsley – this just adds a nice vibrant color to match a neutral-tone plate.

The necessary ingredients for the Swedish meatballs shown here, including milk, fresh breadcrumbs, spices, ground beef and pork, onion, garlic, butter, egg yolks, parsley, meat broth, milk, cream, flour and Worcestershire sauce. How to

  • make the best Swedish meatballs 1. Preheat the oven, prepare the baking sheet: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line an 18-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2. Soak breadcrumbs and seasoning: add breadcrumbs, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste), 1/2 teaspoon pepper to a large bowl.
  • Pour the milk and mix with a fork, let stand while sautéing the onions.

Showing how to make Swedish dumplings. Mix fresh breadcrumbs with spices and milk.

  • 3. Sauté onions and garlic: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and sauté until softened and lightly browned, about 6 minutes, while adding the garlic for the last 30 seconds.

Sauté onion and garlic in butter in a large skillet.

  • 4. Make the meatball mixture: Add the beef and pork mixture to the breadcrumbs mixture along with the egg yolks and onion mixture.
  • Gently mix the mixture to evenly distribute the ingredients.

Mix ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs mixture, sautéed onions and egg yolks in a glass bowl.

  • 4. Form into individual dumplings: Take out the dough 1 oz at a time (using a tablespoon of medium cookie or almost 2 tablespoons each) and form into balls.
  • Tip: If the mixture is sticky to work with, try cooling for 30 minutes and using slightly wet hands to roll.

Ground beef mixture after mixing.

  • 6. Align on baking sheet: Transfer the formed dumplings to the lined baking sheet by placing them in rows, spacing them evenly.

Swedish dumplings shaped like 28 on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, shown before baking.

  • 7. Bake meatballs: Bake in the preheated oven until well cooked (the center should register 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), about 18 to 22 minutes. Do you see how the first row is well golden at the bottom?

Swedish dumplings shaped like 28 on a foil-lined baking sheet, shown after baking.

How to make creamy sauce from Swedish dumplings While the dumplings

are baking in the oven Prepare the sauce:

  • 1. Make roux: in the same pan used to sauté the onions melt the remaining 3 1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook and beat until golden brown, about 3 minutes.

Make a roux with butter and pan flour for Swedish meatball sauce.

  • 2. Add liquids: While whisking, slowly pour in the broth and cream. Add the Worcestershire sauce, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 3. Let simmer and thicken: bring to a simmer over medium-high heat beating constantly. For a thicker consistency, simmer for a few minutes.

Add meat broth and cream to the pan to make Swedish meatball sauce.

  • 4. Mix the sauce with the meatballs: add the meatballs to the hot sauce and mix, sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot with egg noodles or mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce if desired.

Mix baked Swedish meatballs with sauce in a pan.

Can I use sour cream instead of heavy cream? If you prefer, you can also

use sour cream here instead of heavy cream

, and you can add a little more if you want. I personally prefer the taste of cream here.

Can I use ground beef?

If you prefer not to buy both types of meat, it will be okay to use only ground beef in this recipe.

Can I cook the dumplings on the stove instead of the oven?

I have also tried cooking these dumplings in a pan on the stove, it works but requires more effort and it is more difficult to cook them all evenly in the center. If you want to try it, cook half of the meatballs at once in a large nonstick skillet in a few tablespoons of olive oil, cooking everywhere up to 160 in the center (it will take about 8 – 10 minutes).

Baked Swedish meatballs in a pan after mixing with sauce.

Recipe Simplifying Tips

  • If you’re looking to cut a step off the recipe, I suggest you try onion powder and garlic powdered meatballs (3/4 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon) instead of fresh onions and garlic, it won’t be as good as fresh, but it will save preparation time and cooking.
  • Then, as far as fresh bread crumbs

  • go, whenever you have leftover fresh bread, store it in the food processor to the crumbs and store it in the freezer for recipes like this.
  • Save time by using a tablespoon of cookies to measure meatball servings. This will also help them cook more evenly if they are the same size.

Three servings of Swedish dumplings on plates. The dumplings are placed over egg noodles and served with one side of steamed asparagus.

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