Food Hack: Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs

October 5, 2016

There’s no beating around the bush here, Ikea is coming to the Philippines and we can’t contain ourselves! Yes, it’s been a few months since the news of opening a Philippine branch broke out but the thrill has yet to subside. Until today, we’re not quite sure what we’re more excited about: their slightly complicated affordable furniture or their much touted about food. Then again, since we are a group of people who think about food 70% of the day—it will come as no surprise that we might be more excited about the food. (by an infinitesimal margin, mind you) Among the popular fare that Ikea serves, there’s none we’re more excited about than the eponymous Swedish meatballs. Usually, enjoyed alongside creamy mashed potatoes and tart fruity lingonberry jam, the well-balanced combination of Swedish fare hits the mark. Our Swedish meatballs food hack will tide us over while we wait for Ikea to finally open their doors.

Swedish Meatballs

Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs

Yield: 10–12 servings
Time: 40 minutes (20 min prep / 20 min cooking)

Ingredients: Meatballs

  • 200g ground beef
  • 200g ground pork
  • ½ piece onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ¼ ground allspice
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Ingredients: Gravy

  • 2½ tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2½ tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Swedish Meatballs

Procedure: Meatballs

  1. Cook onions in a tablespoon of butter until translucent, add in the garlic and cook for another two minutes. After two minutes, pour in the milk and simmer for another three minutes.
  2. In a bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, egg, allspice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add the cooked onion mixture into the ground meat. Combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Slightly dampen your hands and form meatballs that are roughly 1½ tbsp in volume.
  5. Heat the remaining butter in a skillet and brown the meatballs on all sides. Transfer to a plate once cooked.

Procedure: Gravy

  1. Using the same pan where the meatballs were cooked, add butter. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for 1–2 minutes so flour cooks out.
  2. Slowly stir in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and keep whisking until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Stir in heavy cream, season with salt and pepper. Cook until thickened, about 2–3 minutes.
Bernice Escobar SEE AUTHOR Bernice Escobar

Bernice loves to get nerdy about food and making people hungry. In her free time, she attempts to play with her anti-social cat and fantasizes about all things sweet.

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2 responses to “Food Hack: Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs”

  1. Uhav1jerb says:

    Needs a substitute for the lingonberry jam. Something to cut the richness from the meatballs & the gravy. What would you recommend?

    • Bernice Escobar says:

      Hi Uhav1jerb! Lingonberry jam is equally sweet and tart, you can try having the meatballs with cranberries.

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