Get ready to indulge into the awesomeness of Swedish meatballs cooked in a special creamy sauce! Easy to make, even easier to consume.
As a man who is very picky when it comes to food, I try my best to eat healthy meals cooked with good quality products. Most of the times, I manage to stay away from temptations.
As a man with weaknesses, I often find myself desiring some of the guilty gastronomical pleasures that everyone wants. Let them be creamy sauces, bacon, sausages, burgers…you got the idea.
I was raised in a family where the food in our table had to be healthy and balanced. Red meat once or twice per week. Everything had to be home-cooked. Lentils or bean soup once a week at least. Bacon was a no-no!
I was allowed to have potato chips only when I was invited in other children’s parties!
I tried to keep the same kind of behaviour when I left home but that was not easy, especially when you are a young bachelor and a busy professional.
To cut the long story short, I saw an advertisement the other day on TV about Swedish meatballs. That was it! The naughty-guilty pleasure alarm went off. I had to make it, even though I knew that my mother would have strong objections. You see, she is still worried that I will become fat (which I am not!).
Now, this is a heavy dish…but sooooo good! If you are feeling guilty yourselves too, have a week of boiled broccoli and zucchini and allow yourselves to dive in into the greatness of Swedish meatballs served the way they should be.
- 250 gr (9 oz) ground pork.
- 250 gr (9 oz) ground beef.
- 1 onion finely chopped.
- ½ cup of breadcrumbs.
- ⅓ cup of milk.
- Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley finely chopped.
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano.
- 1 egg.
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper.
- 1 teaspoon salt.
- ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil.
- 3 tablespoons of butter.
- 2 tablespoons of flour.
- 1 cup of beef broth.
- 1 cup of Crème Fraiche or heavy cream.
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
- Combine the meats in a large bowl. Mix the breadcrumbs with the milk and add them to the bowl. Add the onion, parsley, oregano egg, salt and pepper and mix well. Knead for ~ 5 minutes to make a homogeneous mix.
- Add 1 tablespoon of butter and the olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Use the meat mixture and make small balls. Fry the meatballs until golden brown.
- In a large frying pan add 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat. Add the flour and mix well. When the flour starts getting yellow (~ 1 minute), add the cream, the beef broth, the Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Stir well and let the sauce thicken, for ~ 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- When the sauce is ready, add the meatballs into the pan and cook for a few minutes.
- Sprinkle some parsley and enjoy the meatballs with some pasta or rice.
- Bon appetit!