Swedish Meatballs

swedish meatballs

Oh, these were so much nicer than I was expecting – the sauce idea comes from a Jamie Oliver book, but obviously I messed with it and used creme fraiche instead of double cream.

I have a stash of lingonberry jam in my freezer courtesy of my sister who lives in Sweden and makes it – so I am sorted there. It keeps forever, but recently I have been quite addicted to it so might need my supplies replenishing! I am not sure what you could use instead – cranberry jam??

I have also realised why I grow celeriac – celeriac mash – how can I have got so old and not realised how wonderful this is? Luckily I saved some celeriac seed from the year before last – like leeks they flower the year after you plant them. The seeds are unfeasibly tiny – just like celery seeds.

Swedish Meatballs with lingonberry sauce and celeriac mash: for the meatballs 500g minced pork, handful of chopped dill, large handful of breadcrumbs, splash of milk, 1 tsp allspice, seasoning, 1 egg; for the sauce 1-2 tsp of plain flour, 1-2 tsp lingonberry jam, couple of tbs of creme fraiche, stock, seasoning, splash of lemon juice; for the celeriac mash some peeled and chopped up celeriac, couple of tbs of creme fraiche, little bit of butter, seasoning and splash of lemon juice.

Put all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl and mush up together. Form little meatballs and leave to firm up in the fridge for as long as you want. Gently fry the meatballs in a little oil and brown a little. Pop the meatballs in an oven-proof dish and finish cooking in the oven at about 180C more or less.

For the sauce, mix the flour with a little stock to make a roux. Pour off any excess fat from the frying pan and add the roux and more stock to make a sauce – keep stirring. Add the creme fraiche, lingonberry jam and splash of lemon juice. I also added a little chopped dill.

Peel and chop the celeriac and boil until soft. Mash with some butter, creme fraiche and lemon juice.


All of this keeps well until the next day and can be warmed up.

N.B. I have fallen behind with posting as something horrid has happened to my vision, not sure what but (finally) I am getting some tests in the next few weeks.


9 responses to “Swedish Meatballs

  1. I hope everything goes well with your vision and the tests… I think anything to do with eye sight scares me the most. (wow I am horrible at comforting people… I am sending positive thoughts your way!)

    • I know what you mean – I have found it very unnerving and disconcerting. I have had visual vertigo for months now which is no fun, and my sight have been getting blurrier in general, but in the last week when I look with my right eye there are distinct blurred patches which is weird. I am having an MRI on my head next week and should be scheduled in for something called an OCT ?? with an opthalmologist in the next week or two as well. Thanks for the positive thoughts and I think you are great at comforting people!

  2. A trip to Ikea prompted Deanna to make this recipe a year or so ago. We bought the lingonberry jam there!
    All the best with the eye test xx

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