Swedish MeatballsFrom momofonesofar 6 years ago
- Meatballs: shopping list
- 1-1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef shopping list
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped shopping list
- 2 slices of bread, torn into small bits (stale bread is fine) shopping list
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk (or 1/2 cup water mixed with 1/3 cup dry milk powder) shopping list
- 1 medium egg shopping list
- 1 teaspoon salt shopping list
- 1/4 teaspoon EACH nutmeg & garlic powder shopping list
- Gravy: shopping list
- 1/3 cup fat from the cooked meatballs (above) shopping list
- 1/2 cup flour shopping list
- 2 1/2 cups beef broth (made with 2 1/2 cups tap water and 3 bouillon cubes is fine) shopping list
- 1 cup evaporated milk or 1 cup of water combined with 2/3 cup instant dry milk powder shopping list
- 1/4 teaspoon EACH black pepper and dill shopping list
- salt to taste (usually 1/4 teaspoon, but it depends on the saltiness of your broth or bouillon) shopping list
- 12 to 16 ounces of egg noodles, cooked and drained shopping list
How to make it
- Start off by making the meatballs. Combine all of the meatball ingredients in a big bowl. Mix and mash everything together until it is thoroughly mixed. The nutmeg is the secret ingredient in the meatballs. Shape the mixture into small balls, the size of a walnut. Some people fry these on top of the stove for about 20 minutes, turning them frequently. I prefer to bake them. Arrange the meat balls in a 9 by 13 inch rectangular baking dish and bake them at 375° for about 20 minutes.
- While the meatballs are cooking, boil up your egg noodles as directed on the package. Drain well.
- When the meatballs are well cooked, remove them from the oven. Place them on some paper towels to drain. Now, here is the tricky part, carefully drain the hot fat from the pan into a heat resistant glass, or metal measuring cup. You will need 1/3 cup of fat for the next step. If you have more than 1/3 cup, discard any extra. If you don't quite have 1/3 cup you can make it up with bacon grease, or oil, or shortening.
- Heat the fat in a 3 quart size sauce pan. When it is melted, whisk in the flour. Be sure to get rid of any lumps. Quickly stir in the evaporated milk and beef broth (or tap water and bouillon cubes). Mix and stir a lot, so the mixture won't stick to the bottom of your pan. Add the pepper and dill as you stir. The dill is the secret ingredient in the gravy. Add salt if you think you need it. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for a full minute, or until the gravy is nice and thick. Add the drained meatballs to the sauce. Serve over cooked noodles.