Swedish meatballs

Meatballs - Köttbullar exist in various forms in many countries, but the dish Swedish meatballs is Swedish because of how we serve it.

Swedish meatballs
Which is with the Swedish meatball sauce, cream sauce, and lingonberry jam. Many people also enjoy sliced pickled gherkins with this Swedish meatball dish. I personally love to add grated carrots and parsley when I eat Swedish meatballs.

Swedish meatballs was first introduced in the 1700s after Karl XII:s return to Sweden from the Ottoman Empire.

Swedish meatballs was first mentioned in print in Sweden in Kajsa Warg's cookbook from 1754. However it was not eaten among ordinary people until the mid-1800s, when the meat grinder and wood stove became common and facilitated the work of making meatballs.

In addition to our traditional Swedish way of serving meatballs, they are often served with pasta, at buffet tables - smörgåsbord or Christmas tables - julbord. Swedish meatballs are also used as spreads, often with beet salad - rödbetssallad.

Swedish meatballs on our julbordBeet sallad
Left pic: Our Christmas table - julbord. And as you can see there are Swedish meatballs there. Right pic: Beet salad. It's delicious to make a meatball sandwich with a tad of beet salad and fresh parsley on top. Yum!

You can buy ready made Swedish meatballs in stores, but I highly prefer making my own! It tastes a thousand times better, and I love to add some extra spices in my recipe for Swedish meatballs.

My Swedish meatball recipe

Swedish meatballs recipe

To make 7 Swedish meatballs. I use approximately:

150 grams of minced meat
2 tbs water/milk
1 tbs breadcrumbs
1 small onion

1. Mix water/milk with breadcrumbs and let it rest for 10 minutes.

2. Grate onion in minced meat and mix.

3. Mix breadcrumb+water/milk with minced meat+onions and add spices.

4. Form balls and fry in a hot frying pan to get some color, then lower the temperature to medium and fry until ready.



Source: Wikipedia.org
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