Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy


Authentic tasting recipe for tender Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy made with ground beef, pork, and veal that your whole family will go crazy for!

Authentic tasting recipe for Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy made with ground beef, pork, and veal that your whole family will go crazy for!

What day is it today?  What year is it?  I am so confused this week AKA a little “jet-lagged”.  Add sickness on to that and I am one very discombobulated girl.   Hopefully I’ll get back into my normal rhythm soon because this whole falling asleep at 4 a.m and getting up at noon thing is really not working out for me productivity-wise.  Ha!  I am traveling again next week for a work trip so by the time I get back to normal I’m off to another part of the country and another time zone again.  Gotta love it!

I know somebody Swedish is going to tell me these aren’t authentic Swedish meatballs, so I just want to preface this post by saying I am not claiming they are completely authentic but I think they have a wonderful taste!  I made these Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy my own by using a mixture of ground beef, pork and veal, added delicious spices, cooked them in a skillet , and served with a creamy brown gravy.  The mixture of the meats is what gives them this very distinct, unique flavor.  The gravy and the spices just add to the amazing taste.  I make practically all of my meatballs this way because they always come out so tender!

Authentic recipe for Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy made all in one skillet for a quick, easy dinner idea.

Homemade meatballs smothered in a creamy gravy sauce?  Sold!  I go crazy for meatballs of all kinds so I could seriously eat these every night for dinner and never get sick of them.  You can make a big batch of these and store them, uncooked, in your freezer for a quick future meal.

Serve these puppies over rice or a bed of egg noodles.  They would also make a great appetizer if you want to serve them at a party, all on their own!  Just put them on a plate, stick some toothpicks in them, and call it a day.

Authentic recipe for Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy made all in one skillet for a quick, easy meal.  These are also freezer friendly!

Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy
Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Swedish
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 pounds "meatloaf mix" (ground beef, pork and veal mixed together)
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Gravy:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and saute, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined.
  3. Roll the mixture into 1¼-to-1½-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
  4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Serve warm, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Recipe source:  adapted from damndelicious.net and jocooks.com

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20 Responses to “Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Gravy”

  1. September 24, 2015 at 5:34 AM #

    I´ve heard so much about Swedish meat balls but never made them. I have had the Swedish meat balls at Ikea, does that count? haha

  2. September 24, 2015 at 8:34 AM #

    I don’t care if these are authentic or not – they look INSANE! I’d be happy just drinking that luscious gravy! 🙂

  3. September 24, 2015 at 3:50 PM #

    I don’t care if they’re authentic or not, these meatballs look every bit delicious! Anything with gravy calls my name in the fall!

  4. September 24, 2015 at 7:06 PM #

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!! I am getting SO hungry!!

  5. September 24, 2015 at 8:42 PM #

    I want to scoop a bunch of those right up onto my plate! Looks so very tasty. These would go over very well in my household.

  6. September 25, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

    Now THIS is what I call comfort food…I could eat these meatballs every night for a week!

  7. September 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM #

    ohhhhh I would omnomnom these meatballs RIGHT UP!

  8. September 28, 2015 at 7:24 PM #

    This post reminded me I haven’t eaten meatballs in far too long!

  9. October 6, 2015 at 12:36 PM #

    I’ve been craving meatballs something fierce lately, and these are only making it worse – they look really delicious!

  10. October 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM #

    Pretty much the most perfect party food ever.

  11. October 6, 2015 at 1:40 PM #

    Give me a big hunk of crusty bread to sop up all that sauce and I’m a happy girl!

  12. October 6, 2015 at 2:37 PM #

    I’ve loved “Swedish” meatballs ever since I heated up my first package of frozen ones in college. Even better when they’re homemade!!

  13. October 6, 2015 at 5:23 PM #

    I’ve never made Swedish meatballs. I need to give this recipe a try.

  14. October 6, 2015 at 6:28 PM #

    Yes yes yes to the meatloaf mix! It’s the only way to go. I had Swedish meatballs in Sweden this summer and have been waiting impatiently for the weather to cool down enough to make them now that I’m back home. They’re so yummy!

  15. October 6, 2015 at 7:14 PM #

    These Swedish meatballs are sure Swedish-ish enough for me. They look wonderful and that gravy is making me salivate!

  16. October 7, 2015 at 5:49 AM #

    When I see Swedish meatballs, it reminds me of being a kid because I remember tasting them at various parties, especially holiday ones. They look fantastic, Ashley!

  17. October 8, 2015 at 7:43 PM #

    I LOVE all things meatballs. I happily eat them right out of the skillet but would also love them poured over noodles or mashed potatoes.

  18. Katy
    December 17, 2015 at 2:20 AM #

    I can’t wait to make these. Quick question, is it 2 pounds total of meat? I want to use all ground beef, so should I use 2 pounds total of ground beef? Sorry, just wanted clarification!

    • December 17, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

      Hey Katy! Yes I use two lbs TOTAL of meat. And all ground beef is fine! Enjoy!!

  19. Randi
    January 27, 2017 at 7:45 PM #

    Swedish meatballs were always my Mom’s Christmas Eve tradition. She passed away 7 years ago tomorrow. I am in my 60’s and have continued to follow same since her passing. Only difference – we add sauteed mushrooms to gravy for those who desire mushrooms. Great recipe. Enjoy!!

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