Sunday, December 25, 2011

Swedish Meatballs with Potatoes and Berries

I've been so thankful this year to have the ability to write this blog.  I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and share with you this delightful recipe for Swedish meatballs.  It is a perfect special occasion meal you could even make tonight!  This is traditionally served alongside mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam but you can substitute any of your favorite jam if you can't find lingonberry.  We happened to have some currant jam that worked perfectly!


1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon butter
3 oz panko bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1 lb ground beef (best quality you can find)
1 egg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1.  Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large saute pan.  When hot add the minced onion and let cook about two minutes.  Remove from heat.
2.  In a small bowl combine bread crumbs and milk.  Let sit at least five minutes.
3.  In a food processor add meat, egg, breadcrumb mixture, onions, allspice, salt and pepper.  Pulse to combine (about 30 seconds).
4.  From into 1 inch round balls and set aside on a plate
5.  Preheat oven to "warm" setting or 200 degrees
6.  Heat a large saute pan on medium high heat and add two tablespoons of butter.
7.  When pan is hot, add meatballs to the pan being careful not to crowd them.  You might need to do  two batches
8.  Brown the meatballs, turning with tongs to brown all sides.  You will cook each batch about 8-10 minutes
9.  When done, remove to another pan and put in the warm oven until you are ready to serve!
10. Serve with mashed potatoes and lingonberries as mentioned above

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