Its been a while since I did a recipe post. The plethora of my food posts is just growing in number with no time to sit, write and post them, at hand. But unlike fashion, food never goes out of style haha :)
Most of my regular readers already know that I moved to a new apartment recently and we all know it initiates atleast a dozen trips to Ikea. On this particular occasion I was famished after work and hubby and I decided to grab a quick bite at their food court before digging our hands into some shopping. There was this beautiful poster board displaying Swedish meatball platter. My heart skipped a beat and I begged God that please please let these be made out of beef (I don’t eat pork) But deep down inside I already knew that most European Countries and US states sell minced meat products made out of pork instead of beef or chicken. Sadly upon inquiring my fears came true and I couldn’t enjoy any swedish meatballs. To add insult to injury while I was frolicking around Ikea the ad on their speaker kept playing stating “Have you tried our Swedish Meatballs yet? You don’t know the pleasure you’re missing so stop by….” or something on those lines.
Last night while thinking what to cook an idea hits me. If I can’t enjoy them outside then I can make them at home! I went through a gazillion top chefs’ recipes online and then decided to tweak several of them into one, to get the most ideal recipe for my taste. Now I have never had Swedish Meatballs before so I can’t vouch for the taste but I can atleast say this much- Swedish or not….they turned out scrumptious! Hubby was happy and I ate two of them before I had even finished cooking! I am glad I have leftovers for lunch today cause guess what? Right after I finish this post I am about to dig in :)
Ingredients for Meatballs:
- 1/2 Onion
- 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- 1 Egg
- Salt as per your taste
- Pepper as per your taste
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil for sauteing
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil for cooking Meatballs
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 1/2 pound ground beef (you can use turkey or chicken if you like)
1. Chop the Onion and Garlic into really tiny pieces.
2. Combine Milk and Bread crumbs in a small bowl and let them settle.
3. Heat oil on a skillet and then saute onions till they get soft.
4. Add garlic to the skillet next and then continue sauteing till onions turn translucent.
5. Take the skillet off the heat and let it cool off for a bit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
6. In a large bowl whisk the egg and then throw in the milk/bread crumb mixture, sauteed onions and garlic, meat and salt pepper.
7. Gently mix in all the ingredients together but make sure you don’t handle the meat too much otherwise the meatballs will turn hard.
8. Make about 20 to 25 tiny meatballs and let them sit on a platter.
9. Next heat the Olive Oil and Butter on the same skillet that you used to cook the onion and garlic.
10. Cook about 10 to 13 meatballs at a time. Brown them on each side, turning as needed.
Ingredients for the Sauce:
- 1/4 Onion
- 1/4 Cup Flour
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 4 Cups Beef Broth
- Salt and pepper according to your taste
Procedure to Make Sauce
1. Chop up onions and garlic
2. Saute Onions and Garlic in the same pan that you cooked the meatballs in. (Add more oil if needed)
3. Create a well of onions and garlic with a hole in the center.
4. Melt butter in the well of onions and garlic.
5. Pour the flour in the melted butter and blend in with the onions and garlic.
6.Once the flour turns brown (About 2 to 3 minutes) pour in beef broth slowly constantly stirring, to avoid the flour from clumping or forming
7. Once all the flour and blended in the broth, pour in heavy cream and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes.
8. Add salt and pepper as per your taste.
8.Once a desired consistency is reached for the sauce (it will thicken the longer it cooks) drop in all the meatballs and let them heat through.
Serve the Meatballs with pasta of your choice as I did or you can always serve it with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce like in Sweden :) I was in a little hurry this time around so didnt go all out to make cranberry sauce or potatoes.
Hope you enjoy the recipe. If you do try it out, let me know if you like it or if any improvements can be made!