Fake It >> IKEA's Swedish Meatballs
Prep Time: 50 minutes, plus chilling
Serves: 6-8, about 45 meatballs
For the Meatballs:
1 Cup Breadcrumbs (I used Panko breadcrumbs)
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 Cup Minced Red Onion
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon Ground Allspice
1/2 Cup Milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 pound Lean Ground Beef
1/2 pound Lean Ground Pork
2 Eggs, beaten
For the Gravy:
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Flour
1-1/2 Cups Beef Broth
3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2-3 teaspoons Dried Parsley
Lignonberry Jam or Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce and Boiled Red Potatoes
To make the Meatballs:
Place the Breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Melt the Butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the Onion, Garlic, Allspice, 2 teaspoons Salt, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper and cook, stirring, until Onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the Milk and Worcestershire Sauce and bring to a simmer. Pour the hot Milk mixture over the Breadcrumbs and stir to make a thick paste; let cool. Add the Beef, Pork, and Eggs to the bowl and mix until well combined.
Roll the Meatballs into 1-inch balls (a small cookie scoop also works great) and place on a well-greased rimmed baking. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 400*. Bake meatballs until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
To make the Gravy:
Melt the Butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the Flour and cook, whisking until smooth. Slowly stir in the Beef Broth and Worcestershire Sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the Whipping Cream. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season to taste with Salt and Black Pepper. Stir in Parsley. Transfer to gravy boat and serve over Meatballs.
Serve with boiled new Red Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce for a satisfying, comforting meal.
Slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine, October 2011. If doubling, using a total of 3 eggs (not 4).
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