Nordic Nostalgia: Homemade Ikea-Inspired Swedish Meatballs

Embark on a culinary journey with our Homemade Ikea-Inspired Swedish Meatballs—meticulously crafted to bring the Swedish delight of these iconic meatballs to your own kitchen. Picture perfectly seasoned meatballs nestled in a creamy gravy, creating a symphony of tastes and textures that embody the essence of Nordic Nostalgia. Whether you’re a fan of Swedish cuisine or simply craving a comforting dish, this guide is your key to savoring the authentic goodness of homemade meatballs. Join us as we guide you through the steps, ensuring each bite is a celebration of savory perfection, creamy indulgence, and the delightful satisfaction that defines this cherished recipe. Get ready to bring a touch of Sweden to your home with our Homemade Ikea-Inspired Swedish Meatballs!


For the Meatballs:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preparing the Meatballs:

Combine Ingredients:

  • In a bowl, combine the ground beef and ground pork.
  • In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs and milk until the breadcrumbs are fully soaked.

Add Seasonings:

  • To the meat mixture, add finely chopped onion, soaked breadcrumbs, egg, salt, black pepper, allspice, and nutmeg.
  • Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Shape Meatballs:

  • With wet hands, shape the mixture into small meatballs, roughly 1 inch in diameter.

Cook Meatballs:

  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add a bit of oil.
  • Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through (about 10-12 minutes).
  • Transfer them to a plate.

Making the Gravy:

Prepare the Roux:

  • In the same skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Stir in flour and cook until it turns a light golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Add Broth and Cream:

  • Gradually whisk in beef broth and heavy cream.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring continuously.
  • Let it simmer until the gravy thickens, about 5 minutes.


  • Season the gravy with salt and pepper to taste.

Return Meatballs:

  • Return the cooked meatballs to the skillet and simmer for a few more minutes to heat them through.

Serve and Enjoy

Your Ikea-inspired Swedish meatballs are now ready to be enjoyed! Serve them hot with lingonberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and a side of your favorite vegetables for an authentic Swedish meal experience. This recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and bring the flavors of Sweden to your home.

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