Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce (Ikea Recipe)

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Ikea has made known their Swedish dishes around the world, especially the Swedish meatballs attract countless fans. Every now and then, my hubby and I would drop in their restaurant to taste their signature dish. To me, the lingonberry jelly is a must-have add-on. If without it, I’d feel it won’t be Swedish at all.

You can tell how I’m addicted to Ikea meatballs, when spotting the picture of Ikea cookbook below. Yes, I did buy their cookbook just for wanting to make the dish at home. The original recipe in the cookbook, uses Swedish measurement, that is dl instead of ml. Although I tweaked slightly by replacing breadcrumbs with the unsweetened rusk flour simply because I couldn’t find any here from supermarkets, my family was very satisfied with the end result.

Do you like Swedish meatballs? Or do you whip up your own meatball recipe? If so, feel free to drop a line to share with us.

Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce (recipe from Ikea's Real Swedish Food Book ) (Printable recipe)

Ikea Cookbook

Ingredients:
  • 250gm minced beef
  • 250gm minced pork
  • 1 egg
  • 200-300 ml cream and water (or milk and water) (I used half milk and half water)
  • 2½ Tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • 50 ml unsweetened rusk flour (I used ½ cup of breadcrumbs.)
  • 2 cold boiled potatoes
  • 4-5 Tbsp butter, margarine or oil
  • salt, white pepper (allspice)
Method:
  1. Heat the onion till golden in a couple of tablespoons of lightly browned butter.
  2. Mash the potatoes and moisten the rusk flour in a little water.
  3. Mix all the ingredients into a smooth mixture of the right consistency and flavour generously with salt, white pepper and (optional) a little fine-crushed allspice.
  4. Use a pair of spoons rinsed in water, shape the mixture into relatively large, round balls and transfer to a floured chopping board, then fry them slowly in plenty of butter.

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Ingredients of cream sauce:
  • 100 ml cream
  • 200 ml water or beef stock
  • Chinese soya sauce (I used 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce.)
  • 1 Tbsp white flour
  • salt, white pepper
Method:
  1. Swirl the water or beef stock in a pan. (Cook over medium heat.)
  2. Add cream and thicken with white flour if preferred. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve the meatballs with the sauce, freshly boiled potatoes (I used extra potatoes to make mashed potato), uncooked lingonberry jam and salad.
Enjoy the authentic taste of Swedish meal!

Note: 
  • As a few readers asked me whether the potatoes are for making meatballs or for making mashed potato. Sorry for a bit of confusion. The "2 cold boiled potatoes" in the section of "ingredients" are for making meatballs. Whereas the mashed potato served on side shown in the above pictures are extra.

35 comments :

  1. mmm...my husband will love this! Looks seriously delicious!

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  2. Wow! You have the recipe for The IKEA meatballs from their cookbook!! Envy! Envy! Never know they have such book in the market. Your meatballs look absolutely gorgeous!!

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  3. Top secret - I never tried ikea meatballs despite hearing so much about it! I hardly go to ikea because of the crowds but now I get to make the meatballs myself!

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  4. Lovely...! I sometimes order Swedish meatballs when I visit Ikea, have to look for that cookbook too next time I am in Ikea :).

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  5. I quite like the Swedish meatballs from Ikea too haha..must keep a look out for the cookbook! Your version looks YUMMIER!

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  6. Wah! Just like those served at Ikea if not better!
    Next time save some for me!

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  7. Well I won't be buying those packets at Ikea anymore, thanks, this is great. And I didn't know they had a cookbook?

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  8. I like Swedish meatballs or any kind of meatballs! :D

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  9. i've been looking for this recipe for the longest time! so glad i found this :) i'm also addicted to Ikea meatballs :P

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  10. I just love meatballs. Swedish or not. :)

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  11. Oh, I love the Ikea Swedish meatballs. Never fail to go for it eac time I visit Ikea. I'm bookmarking this to give it a try. Looks too good...mmm

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  12. So, have you ever tried Chinese style meatballs? Do you also like them?

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  13. So, have you ever tried Chinese style meatballs? Do you also like them?

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  14. I didn't know they have a cookbook! LOVE Ikea meatballs. where's the jam?? That's my favourite!

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  15. Oh wow. I don't think I've ever had Swedish meatballs. I didn't even know there was a difference among meatballs. I usually make my own turkey meatballs, but I will have to try these Swedish ones. A refreshing change from the norm. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.

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  16. I love Ikea meatballs, you are making me craving for some now.

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  17. @Tao Tao:
    Sure, I grew up with eating all kinds of chinese meatballs. Love all kinds of them. But for Ikea's, there are so different from chinese ones.

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  18. I also love Ikea Swedish meatballs. And like you the lingonberry jelly is a must. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will try them one of these days, who knows? Maybe even today to surprise my fiancé. Thanks again.

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  19. I adore swedish style meatballs, the cream sauce is perfect!

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  20. I love Swedish meatballs and always enjoy visiting Ikea to have meatballs and a cinnamon roll. This is my first visit to your blog and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries to get a sense of what you do here. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. My boyfriend and I also love eating Ikea Meatballs. Always trying to find an excuse to go Ikea even though we don't have anything to buy! :)

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  22. hi, this recipe looks great!
    Just wondering, how much is "2 cold boiled potatoes" ? (atm, I'm assuming 2 small-medium potatoes)
    thanks :)

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  23. Can the mixture be made in advance like a couple of hrs or is it better to just make it on the spot? I would really like to make this for a party so hope u can reply asap. Thx.

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  24. @Lilian:
    It's no problem of making the meatballs a few hours ahead, chill them in fridge.
    Or cook a few days in advance, then place them in freezer.
    You can reheat them a few minutes before party.

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  25. Ohh I love this! I didnt't know that Ikea has a cookbook for their meatballs!

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  26. Amazing! Thanks for sharing. I made my Ikea meatballs based on this recipe. Check out my posting-- http://hungryducky.blogspot.com/2011/10/semi-homemade-ikea-swedish-meatballs.html :)

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  27. @Ducky:
    Your dish looks so attractive too. Thank you for the shout-out!

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  28. How did you fry the meatballs? By deep frying or just pan fry with only butter? Will it make a different in taste if I deep fried them? Thanks Christine.

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  29. @Lina:
    I just pan-fried the meatballs with a knob of butter and vegetable oil, didn't try deep frying. The taste is the same whether they are pan-fried or deep-fried.

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  30. How many serves does this make? :)

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  31. @Jessica
    Only 500 grams of beef and pork used for making this dish. Serves about 2 to 3 people, depending on how hungry the people you serve.

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  32. @Min {Honest Vanilla} My mom has also been search for a long time!

    @Food For Tots I too did not know they had a book on the market. Found it on Amazon and eBay



    @Cooking Gallery and @Jen (Tastes of Home) It's available on eBay and Amazzon!!

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  33. I'd never thought of using mashed potatoes as a binder in my meatballs! What a great idea - added so much tenderness to them!

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  34. Fab recipe!! I made them tonight and everyone loved them, thank you for posting the recipe. I have posted on my blog and linked back here http://boysandchickens.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/ikea-meatballs/

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  35. @boysandchickens
    It's very delicious ! Thanks for the shout-out !

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