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IKEA Meatballs

I’m not sure what makes these meatballs Swedish or the ones that IKEA serves and touts as Swedish, but nontheless, the are one of my favorites. I don’t care to eat them at IKEA, but I did have 1 once, and I made my own and love them. Eating out is not one of my preferences, especially at a furniture store. Just doesn’t seem natural to me.

Here’s what I came up with ~

IKEA Meatballs



  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 medium white onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 lbs ground beef 93% lean
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 eggs


  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 4 c beef stock
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • handful chopped fresh parsley


  1. To make meatballs, melt butter in medium skillet on med. heat and cook onions 3 min. Add garlic, salt, pepper and cook 2 additional minutes. 

  2. Add milk and worcestershire sauce, stirring. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly.

  3. In a large bowl mix breadcrumbs, the mixture in the skillet, beef, pork, eggs. Stir. Scoop into meatballs and place on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.

  4. Cover meatballs with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours. After 2 hours, bake at 400 25 min, uncovered. Allow to cool 10 min, then freeze for later use or set aside to make sauce. 

  5. To make sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter over med high heat, add flour and stir. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring. 

  6. Add salt & pepper and gradually add broth and worc sauce, stirring. Reduce heat to medium low and bring gently to a boil. turn off heat and add half & half and cream. Stir and add meatballs. Garnish with parsley. Makes 40.

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