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Every great cook needs an amazing SWEDISH MEATBALLS recipe. Eat them as an appetizer for the perfect party snack or over noodles for a delicious meal. This sauce is everything!

Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swedish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 635kcal
Swedish Meatballs are something every type of cook from home cook to master chef should know how to make. An amazing SWEDISH MEATBALLS recipe can knock anyone’s socks off and leave everyone wanting more. Eat them as an appetizer for the perfect party snack or over noodles for a delicious meal. This Swedish Meatball Sauce is everything!
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For the Meatballs:

  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 egg large
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ yellow onion minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • pound ground chuck

For the Sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour *See NOTE for an optional thickener
  • 14.5 ounces low sodium beef broth
  • 14.5 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Beef Instant Bouillon Granules I use Wyler’s
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt if needed. Taste first.
  • 1-2 tablespoons parsley minced

Optional for Serving

  • Lingonberry Jam or Cranberry Sauce


For the Meatballs:

  • Cover 2 large cooking sheets with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, milk, cream, egg, salt, pepper, allspice, nutmeg and parsley. Set the mixture aside to allow the milk to soak into the breadcrumbs, at least 10 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and sauté until translucent. Add the minced garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Transfer the onion/garlic mixture to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Once the breadcrumb mixture is ready, add the ground chuck and chicken. Mix well using a wooden spoon. Roll meat into 1½-inch balls (or use a 1½ inch scoop) and place on the prepared sheet pan 1 inch apart. Cook 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.

For the Sauce:

  • While meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.

**See NOTE before reading further

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the flour to the butter and whisk well. Cook over med-low heat until mixture turns a little darker. Whisk often. Add beef broth, chicken broth, cream, sour cream, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, sugar and black pepper. Taste, then season with salt, if needed. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and add the meatballs. Simmer, stirring gently & often, until gravy has thickened. Add chopped parsley and stir gently.
  • Serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or macaroni.
  • If eating Swedish Meatballs without noodles or a side dish, serve with a teaspoon of Lingonberry Jam or Cranberry Sauce on the side, optional.
  • Enjoy!



For an optional thickener: Before adding the meatballs, mix together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons milk or cold water and add it to the sauce, stir over low heat until mixture thickens.


Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 783mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 3mg