When the pandemic hit and people couldn’t go to Ikea for their Swedish meatball fix, Ikea generously posted their recipe for everyone. Granted, it’s not 100% the same, and the sauce is secret–so they posted a similar sauce. But it’s great. I generally ended up doubling the sauce and making a few other slight adjustments, so here’s the final recipe. Of course you should serve with lingonberries if you can find any (it’s hard), but I have served it with cranberry sauce or I think even raspberry jam once.
If you’re making this gluten free, I did try it once using crushed tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs. Haha, I’ll never do that again. It ended up tasting like oily chips. So you could use gluten free breadcrumbs, cornstarch instead of flour, and gluten free soy sauce. I may even try using crushed up Rice Chex instead of breadcrumbs. We’ll see.
Ikea Swedish Meatballs
Adapted from Ikea’s officially released recipe.
- 1 lb. Ground Beef
- 1/2 lb. Ground Pork
- 1 small Onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove Garlic (about 1/2 tsp. minced)
- 100 g. Breadcrumbs (or gluten free breadcrumbs)
- 1 Egg
- 5 Tbsp. Milk
- Generous Salt and Pepper
Cream Sauce (doubled from original, with some modifications)
- Dash of Oil
- 6 Tbsp. Butter
- 2/3 c. Flour (or 1/3 c. cornstarch)
- 2 1/2 c. Beef Broth
- 2 c. Cream
- 1 Tbsp. + Soy Sauce (or gluten free soy sauce/tamari)
- 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard