Swedish Meatballs

Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

These bite-size fried meatballs are served with a sliver of pickled cucumber and a dipping sauce made from tangy lingonberry preserves and sour cream.

Photograph by Anna Williams
Ingredients For Swedish Meatballs

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

1/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons dry sherry

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

3 large eggs

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 pound ground turkey

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Freshly ground pepper

Vegetable oil, for frying

3 tablespoons lingonberry or cranberry preserves

1/2 cup sour cream

Chopped fresh dill, for topping

Fresh pickled cucumber slices, for serving

Directions For Swedish Meatballs
  1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, season with salt and cook until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes; set aside.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and the milk in a bowl; set aside until the milk is absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir the sherry and mustard powder in a large bowl until dissolved, then beat in 1 egg. Add the soaked breadcrumbs, the browned onion, the pork, turkey, honey, allspice, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste. Gently mix with your hands until combined.
  3. Dampen your hands; form the mixture into 36 small meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each. Put on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Put the remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Whisk the remaining 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl. Dip each meatball in egg, letting the excess drip off, then roll in the breadcrumbs; return to the baking sheet.
  5. Heat about 1 1/2 inches vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 325 degrees F. Working in batches, fry the meatballs, gently stirring with a slotted spoon, until golden and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Let stand 10 minutes.
  6. Fold the lingonberry preserves into the sour cream and top with the dill. Skewer each meatball with a pickled cucumber slice and serve with the lingonberry cream.


Photograph by Anna Williams