IKEA-inspired Swedish meatballs are as delicious as they are easy to make from scratch at home. Together with a classic dill gravy that goes oh so well with them!
Whenever I’ve served this dish to my friends and family, they’ve always mentioned it reminds them of the famous IKEA food hall meatballs and sauce. It was a bit surprising to me as I’ve always thought this recipe to be traditionally Polish.
My Mum used to make it for our family and we even had it served at our school diner for lunch sometimes. Having tried the IKEA version, I must admit it does come close! Perhaps given the fact Sweden is one of Poland’s neighbours and the Baltic states cuisines tend to mingle a bit.
It is certainly a part of my fabric, that’s why I’ve included the Swedish meatballs recipe it in my cookbook. It’s one of the most popular and most cooked recipes by the readers!
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Whilst I like to use beef or veal for the meatballs, you can use a mixture or pork and veal. Alternatively, try them with a vegan plant-based mince, there are many options popping up on the market.
Serve the IKEA-inspired meatballs with a leafy salad or steamed veggies for an easy mid-week dinner. If you have children, they might be happy to help with shaping the mince mixture into meatballs. It can be a great little pre-dinner family bonding exercise.
They are a little tender to handle when frying. This is because they don’t contain egg or bread soaked in water to bind them, so be gentle when turning them. Alternatively, you could add 1 egg and 2 slices of bread soaked in 1/2 cup of water to the mixture.