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Swedish Meatballs

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Swedish Meatballs
30 meatballs
30 Min

We are celebrating the 1960s by paying homage to one of everyone's favorite cocktail party appetizer...Swedish Meatballs! So whether you serve these finger-food style with a toothpick or you put them over some egg noodles for a lip-smackin' dinner, you'll be transported back in time after just one bite!

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar brown gravy
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled browning and seasoning sauce

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix well. Form into 1-inch meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.
  3.  Bake 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  4. In a large saucepan, combine remaining ingredients. Heat over medium-high heat until just bubbly. Add meatballs and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes, stirring gently to coat the meatballs.


  • To use as a main dish, these can be served over cooked noodles or rice.
  • If you'd like, you can use lowfat or nonfat sour cream to help cut down on the fat.
  • Wanna try another cocktail party favorite? Give our Stuffed Mushrooms a try!
  • It's Throwback Week! Join us in reminiscing!

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This sounds pretty good, but you definitely left out the nutmeg.

Sounds good and easy to me!

Dag was the Secretary General of the UN not a Secretary at the UN..If you wish to nit pick please don't inflict it on the rest of us..your self-esteem building attacks are annoying

These are not real Swedish meatballs. The recipe I use comes from Dag Hammarskjold who was once Secretary to the United Nations. His recipe calls for ground beef, ground pork, and ground veal. The spices used are salt, paprika, poultry seasoning, dry ground mustard and black pepper. Beef broth, tomato paste, flour and sour cream are used for the gravy. To me, any other recipe is puppy chow. If anyone want's the recipe, please email me at (I have it typed using Microsoft Word)

I would like your recipe please.

These are not real Swedish meatballs. Real Swedish meatballs have a light-colored, creamy gravy and are seasoned with nutmeg or allspice. These should be called "meatballs with brown gravy".

it comes in a small botttle,,,i find mine in the spice/seasoning the packets of gravys comes in handy for alot of things!!!

What is the bottled browning and seasoning sauce?

You might look for Kitchen Bouquet, Maggi, or something like that.

I use Gravy Master. Just a drop gives it more flavor, but be careful because with each drop it makes the gravy darker!

can you freeze these for one week

Absolutely, and longer if needed.

I'd make my own gravy and do away with the jarred and bottled stuff.

This is excellent! I did make one small change. Instead of bread crumbs, I used a savory herb flavored cracker and omitted the onion powder. I also reduced the amount of salt since the crackers were not low sodium. I made the meatballs earlier in the day so at dinner time it only took me minutes to get dinner to the table. The only problem, the meatballs were so tasty that I had a hard time keeping my kids from eating them all up before dinner. :)


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