Braised Swedish Meatballs

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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs are one of our family traditions for the holiday dinner table – not only are they easy to make but a great dish for a buffet dinner or cocktail party. There are many variations to the recipe you can make: a white sauce with dill and sour cream, a red wine or tomato sauce, or a brown beef gravy sauce with allspice and sour cream which is my Grandmother’s recipe that my Mom always used to make.

You can also substitute frozen or pre-made meatballs (Swedish meatballs or plain, not Italian-style) if you don’t feel like making your own, but either way they are delicious and a surefire hit at the dinner table.

The meatballs are great served over hot buttered egg noodles or mashed potatoes with a side of Lingonberry or Cloudberry sauce, which you can find online at Swedish and Finnish grocery sites and Saute some julienned veggies such as carrots and zucchini and squash to serve on the side along with a glass of crisp white wine or Glogg, a Swedish mulled wine that is a traditional drink served at Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

Braised Swedish Meatballs

Yield: Makes approx. 50 meatballs. 


  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced parsley, plus 1 tbsp for garnish
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • dash of celery salt
  • dash of allspice or nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 jar beef gravy (or homemade gravy if you prefer)
  • 1-2 tbsp sherry (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp allspice or nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • hot buttered noodles or mashed potatoes
  • Lingonberry sauce or Cloudberry sauce


  1. Combine first eleven ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs.  In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown meatballs in 2 tbsp oil; pour off fat. Alternatively, you can bake the meatballs on a cookie sheet for 15 mins on 350 degrees F., drain grease and then bake another 10 mins. and pour into a large dutch oven or casserole on the stovetop.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients (gravy, sherry, allspice or nutmeg) except for the sour cream; pour over meatballs. Simmer 20 minutes. If the gravy seems too thick, you can thin it with a bit of water to the desired consistency. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream; continue cooking until heated through. Do not boil. Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes, garnish with additional parsley and a side of Lingonberry or Cloudberry sauce. Goes great with a crisp, Alsatian white wine such as Riesling or Gerwurstraminer, and a side of sauteed veggies.
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3 Replies to “Braised Swedish Meatballs”

  1. Thank you Kristen for mentioning our Cloudberry sauce re: Braised Swedish Meatballs

    Hope its ok with you that I mentioned your blog and linked to the recipe from our Facebook and Twitter.

    The sauce is so tasty, and I’m happy for Kirsi, who makes it in Lapland, that it is noticed even in NYC:)

    – anu

    1. Hi Anu,

      So glad you found my site and hopefully enjoy this Swedish meatballs recipe! I LOVE Cloudberry Sauce and had it for the first time at a restaurant in the West Village in NYC called Smorgas Chef. Great, authentic Swedish food.

      Thanks for linking to me too!


  2. wow that’s great riuku-jotoksen cloudberry sauce is also used for with meatballs! 🙂 thumbs up

    Sincerely, the firm’s employee 😀

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