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Meatballs simmering in a creamy sauce in a cast iron skillet, garnished with chives.

Swedish Meatballs

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Swedish Meatballs, meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Laureen King
This amazing recipe for homemade Swedish Meatballs starts with a best ever meatball recipe! The meatballs are then smothered in a rich creamy gravy sauce.
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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped or 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef broth warmed up
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • In small bowl combine panko bread crumbs and milk. Let sit for 10 minutes until bread crumbs have soaked up milk.
  • In large skillet heat 1 tbsp. olive oil with 1 tbsp. butter, medium heat.
  • Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes, add garlic and oregano and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
  • In large bowl, combine ground beef sautéed onion, garlic and oregano.
  • Mix in salt, pepper and egg, combine until egg is mixed in.
  • Add bread crumbs to meat mixture and combine well.
  • Use a tablespoon or scoop to make equal sized meatballs. Recipe makes approximately 20.
  • Reheat skillet used to sauté onions and garlic, adding a bit more olive oil and butter if needed.
  • On medium heat, brown meat balls on all sides, carefully turning so they don't break apart.
  • Don't overcrowd skillet with meatballs, work in batches.
  • Transfer meatballs to baking sheet and keep warm in oven while making sauce.
  • Add 4 tbsp. butter to skillet, when melted whisk in flour, cook until golden brown.
  • Slowly stir in heated beef broth, cook at temperature that keeps sauce at slow bubble.
  • Add in cream, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard, simmer until sauce thickens at bit.
  • Add meatballs into sauce, cover and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Season to taste.
  • Serve with egg or broad noodles or mashed potatoes.



For a more traditional Swedish Meatball recipe, add ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon of allspice to the ground beef mixture.


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 698mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 948IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3mg