Swedish Meatballs

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Yield: 40 meatballs Prep 40 mins Bake 400°F 18 mins


  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 tablespoons  butter or margarine, divided
  • 1 cup  finely chopped onions
  • 2 cups  cubed fresh bread
  • 1/2 cup  milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds  90-percent lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon  fines herbs
  • 1 teaspoon  paprika
  • 1 teaspoon  dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon  minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon  tomato paste
  • 1 cup  beef broth
  • 1/4 cup  water
  • 1/2 cup  dairy sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh dill


1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Spray two 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pans with vegetable cooking spray.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook about 8 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a large bowl and cool.

3. Soak the bread cubes in the milk in a small bowl 1 minute, then squeeze very dry, discarding milk. Add bread to onions with the beef, eggs, salt, nutmeg, fines herbs, paprika, mustard, and pepper; mix well. Shape into forty 1-1/2 inch balls. Arrange on the prepared jelly-roll pans. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, turning meatballs once and rotating pans halfway through. Remove meatballs from pans and set aside.

4. Pour 2 tablespoons of water into each jelly-roll pan, scraping up browned bits from bottom. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in the flour and tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Whisk in the beef broth, water, and drippings from jelly-roll pans. Bring to a boil. Add meatballs to skillet. Sprinkle with dill. Makes 40 meatballs.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare meatballs and sauce as directed above. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Reheat in skillet with 1/4 cup more water about 20 minutes or until hot.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)60,
  • Fat, total(g)4,
  • chol.(mg)26,
  • sat. fat(g)2,
  • carb.(g)2,
  • pro.(g)4,
  • sodium(mg)121,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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