Grandma Eve’s Swedish Meatballs

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Before I left home, it never even occurred to me that people came from families where no one was a good cook. Naïve, I know. One of many ways that my mind opened and I learned about cultures other than the small-town one that I enjoyed for so long. This was quite the turning point for me. Learning to cook became a bigger priority for me and also a passion.

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Hello lover.

I come from a long line of amazing cooks. Food was such a huge part of our family culture over the years and still really is. Many of my most vivid childhood memories include food in some way or another. Leading the charge in delicious food are my Grandma’s Rose and Eve. Both from vastly different culinary backgrounds, they each brought so many unique and delicious ideas and tastes to the table (see what I did there?) and they really contributed to my love of food and my willingness to try new things.

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Please ignore my mess…turns out I’m not the most organized cook.

Swedish Meatballs 2

One of the more comforting dishes my beautiful Grandma Eve made, and a definite family favorite for my sister and I, is her Swedish meatballs. There is something to be said for a stick-to-your-bones gravy that is rich in flavor, but still manages to be light.

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Swedish Meatballs 4

Now that the weather is getting colder, I’m beginning to segue into more cold-weather-friendly meals. Swedish meatballs seemed like the perfect cap to a cold and gloomy Sunday. This recipe is pretty easy to put together. I took a few liberties with the meatballs, which I’ll note in the below recipe. I also made my own poultry seasoning because I realized at the last minute that I had forgotten to pick that up on my grocery shopping trip earlier in the day. I like to serve this beside potatoes- in last night’s case it was boiled and buttered potatoes, but Grandma frequently went with mashed. I think it would also be tasty over egg noodles.

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Grandma Eve’s Swedish Meatballs

Source: Grandma Eve Repp


  • 1 lb. to 1½ lbs. of ground beef
  • Plain bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoned because it’s what I had on hand)
  • 1 egg (this is my own personal addition to the meatball recipe)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 to 2 cans of beef broth- depending on how much sauce you want, we like a lot so I went with 2 cans
  • Poultry seasoning , to taste
  • Flour, mixed with water to create a slurry
  • A couple scoops of sour cream, depending on how much sauce you have (I used light)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs and some salt and pepper together and form meatballs.

Brown the meatballs in a small amount of oil in your sauté pan and then remove from the pan.

Drain if there is too much oil and add your onions, season them with salt and pepper and sauté for a few minutes over medium heat.

Add your beef broth and sprinkle with poultry seasoning.

Put the meatballs back in the pan and simmer for around 15-20 minutes.

Add the slurry into the pan and mix to thicken the sauce.

Once the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through, reduce the heat and add the sour cream (do not add it while the sauce is boiling, it will cause the sour cream to curdle.

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    October 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm I love how one recipe can be adapted in so many ways! So different from the Swedish meatballs I grew up with but delicious all the same! I love trying new variations and look forward to trying this one! I saved the recipe. Thanks for sharing! ~Blessings~
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      October 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm Thanks for commenting, Rebecca. I couldn't agree with you more. It's so interesting to me to try different things and compare the results when I'm cooking. I would love to try a different Swedish Meatballs recipe. Is yours posted anywhere?
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        October 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm Hopefully one day. The recipe itself doesn't exist on paper it is one of those that is done almost by instinct, lol!
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          October 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm Those are the best kind! I'll keep my eyes open when I read your blog.
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    October 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm yum! sounds like ikea meatballs but better!
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      October 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm Oh my gosh- I miss ikea meatballs! We used to take day trips to ikea when I lived in NYC and i loved for those meatballs with Lingonberry Jam! So good!

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