Swedish Meatballs


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Before you get discouraged looking at the sheer amount of ingredients needed in this recipe, take a closer look. Most households will already have most of the items. Swedish meatballs require a few steps (this is largely because it’s necessary to have homemade gravy), but making these is neither difficult nor time consuming.

What you’ll need for the meatballs:
1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 lb ground pork
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/2 large Spanish onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, diced
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp fresh-ground nutmeg
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

In a large pan, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until translucent.

Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Pour the onions and garlic into the bowl and add the meat, breadcrumbs, milk, honey, and nutmeg. Crack in some black pepper to taste and mix well with your hands. Then, form the meatballs and line them up on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet. You may need two cookie sheets.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until meat is cooked through.

What you’ll need for the gravy:
2 tbsp of margarine
1/8 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of beef broth
1/2 cup of almond milk
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp fresh-ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp oregano

In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Pour in the flour and milk and whisk well. Stir in the broth, black pepper, oregano, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Let simmer until the gravy thickens and serve over the meatballs.