How to Make Swedish Meatballs

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Swedish Meatballs have always been a favorite of ours, especially when we our throwing a party.

Every time we serve these at a gathering, they are one of the first items to go.

Swedish meatballs in cream sauce
Swedish meatballs in cream sauce

They are so delicious, and so addictive!   The cream-soaked bread crumbs, fresh dill, and brewed coffee are secret ingredients that make these balls sing!!

135% Loon Approved!

Swedish meatballs in cream sauce

Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce

Swedish meatballs are so moist and and bursting with flavor. The cream sauce is the perfect pairing for these succulent meatballs. Perfect for a party when you're ready to impress your guests! Yum!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Appetizer
Keyword: Cream sauce, Meatball, Swedish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 397kcal



  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup fresh white bread crubme
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 6 oz ground beef
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • ½ lb ground veal
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 T olive oil or as needed, for cooking the balls


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustar
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, soak the bread crumbs in the heavy cream for 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix the meats, egg, parsley, salt, pepper, ginger, nutmeg and sauteed onions.
  • Add the soaked bread crumbs and mix.
  • Shape the meatballs (about 24) should weigh about 1 ounce each.
  • In a large non-stick pot (or Dutch oven), the remaining oil over medium-high heat.
  • Brown the balls (in batches) until browned all over (they won't be completely cooked). Set aside.
  • Melt the butter then add the flour stir with wooden spoon until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the stock, coffee, and heavy cream and stir until no lumps.
  • Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the parsley and dill then add the meatballs to the sauce.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer to platter and garnish with more parsley.


Calories: 397kcal
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  • Hi guys,

    My husband and I really love your recipes and videos. This must be an older recipe since it is sans video. Someday when you are bored we would appreciate a video of y’all making this.

    Thanks in advance. I’m sure the video will be 150% “Lee Approved”.

    • Hi Lee’s!! Thank you so much!! Okay…you ask and you shall receive!! We will add this recipe to our list of recipes that need to be updated with a video. Keep your eyes open for it! And thanks for letting us know!! Stay tuned!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

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