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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish MeatballsSwedish meatballs are always a success, whether they are served as an appetizer or as a main dish over cooked, fluffy rice.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1/3 cup milk
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 large egg (or egg white)
1 1/3 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Cooking Directions:

  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk for 5 to 10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  2. To a bowl add onion, egg, ground beef, soaked bread crumbs, all spice, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands and shape the meat mixture into small balls, less than an inch in diameter. If the mixture starts to sticks to your hands, wet them with cold water.
  4. Heat a skillet with butter and Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  5. Sauté the meatballs in 2 or 3 batches, turning them frequently to keep the meatballs from sticking. Drain them on paper towels.
  6. Drain the excess olive oil and scrape off and discard any browned bits of meat that may be sticking to pan after the meatballs are done.
  7. To the same pan add butter and flour to make a roux and stir until it browns.
  8. Quickly add a can of beef stock and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until gravy thickens.
  9. Remove from the heat and serve immediately with the meatballs.
  10. For real Swedish Meatballs use Lingonberry preserves, but it is optional.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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