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Authentic Swedish Meatballs (IKEA copycat) can be ready to serve in 30 minutes which makes them perfect for last minute meals! Served in a creamy gravy and you only need pantry ingredients and ground beef to make them!
Authentic Swedish Meatballs (IKEA Copycat)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Authentic Swedish Meatballs (IKEA copycat) can be ready to serve in 30 minutes which makes them perfect for last minute meals! Served in a creamy gravy, you only need pantry ingredients and ground beef to make them!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Keyword: authentic sweedish meatball recipe, ikea copycat meatballs
Servings: 4 svgs, about 3 meatballs w/sauce
Calories: 415 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs 80/10 ground beef
  • 8 ounces chopped onions, rough cut
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg 3/4 in meatballs, 1/4 in gravy
  • 1 extra- large egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 12 ounce can Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk, low-fat
  • salt and pepper to taste for gravy
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop peeled onions.

  2. Mix in a bowl: ground beef, onions and 3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg salt and pepper.

  3. In a sesperate bowl, crack egg and place in bowl sans shell.  Using a fork, beat egg well until all combined.

  4. Add egg to meat mixture, mix egg  well into all parts of meat. (Egg acts as a binder so your meatball won't crumble when cooking) Make small balls about 56 grams a piece.  (you should get 12-13 meatballs when done.

  5. Heat a skillet or dutch oven that you have a lid for to high, Brown all sides of meatballs leaving enough room in between to flip them so that all sides are nice and browned. About 5 minutes.  Remove meatballs from pan, place on  separate plate. (Meatballs will not be cooked thru at this point.). Reduce heat to medium high.

  6. Pour condensed milk into pan.  Use a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape up all the bits from bottom.  Add last 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and stir. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Place meatballs back in pan and bring milk to simmer.  Place lid on pan and cook for about 15-20 minutes until gravy thickened and meatballs are cooked through and tender. (Stir occasionally and check while sauce is thickening.)

  7. Serve meatballs with a spoonful or two of gravy.  See serving suggestions in post if you are using this as a meal.)

Recipe Notes

This recipes calorie information was obtained by using the ingredients I purchased specifically using My Fitness Pal.  If you are following a strict diet, please know that substituting ingredients, brands etc will alter the caloric information and plan accordingly.