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    Swedish Cardamom Meatballs

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    1 hr 20 mins

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    San Marcos Sunshine's Note:

    From a Food Network "Calling All Cooks" segment several years ago as made by Inglill Mutti with my alterations. These are about as Swedish as they get and my once a year MUST make recipe each Christmas season. This joins my Top Ten favorite recipes! Two tips: Cardamom can be expensive & hard to find. I finally found it at "Wild Oats" where bulk spices are sold by the ounce. I also use Tyler Florence's recipe for the accompanying Lingonberry Sauce, another hard to find item. I found 2 brands at Cost Plus World Market, and I also hear it's sold at Ikea if there's one near you.

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    Optional Lingonberry sauce


    1. 1
      Soak bread crumbs in milk or buttermilk in large mixing bowl for 5 minutes. Add meat, eggs, salt & pepper, cardamom and 1 cup chopped onion. Mix well and roll into 1-1/2" meatballs. It helps to wet your hands as you roll.
    2. 2
      Saute meatballs in 1/4 cup butter approximately 20 minutes. Remove browned meatballs and set aside.
    3. 3
      In same skillet, saute 1/2 cup chopped onion with 1/4 cup butter, sugar and pepper unti caramelized, about 10 minumtes.
    4. 4
      Add beef broth to onion & sugar mixture, scraping up any browned bits from the pan. Briefly cook over high heat.
    5. 5
      Add cream, gravy maker and all other spices and bring to a simmer.
    6. 6
      Make a slurry of the cornstarch & water and whisk the slurry into the mixture to thicken.
    7. 7
      If you're going to serve the meatballs right away, add them to the sauce and simmer another 20-30 minutes. Otherwise, cool and refrigerate sauce & meatballs, either together or separately. (I do this separately, as I often freeze the meatballs without the sauce.).
    8. 8
      Combine all ingredients for the lingonberry sauce and mix well.
    9. 9
      Serve meatballs in a chafing dish with sauce and lingonberry sauce on the side as a dip.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 04, 2014


      Totally awesome meatballs which are more Swedish than any I've had even in Sweden, with lots of cardamom and other spices regularly used in Scandinavian cooking. I think the secret is that the spices have been used more generously than traditionally, which is great. <br/>Only changes I made is I used only half the butter, light cream and used flour for thickening instead of corn starch. I did not have gravy mix so didn't bother with that. Oh, and I left the lingonberry jam as it is, serving it on the side, as traditionally. Cranberry sauce would do just as well, as cranberries are like lingonberries, just bigger.<br/>The best Swedish meatballs and gravy ever! Must be served with mashed potatoes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Swedish Cardamom Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (308 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 574.9
    Calories from Fat 362
    Total Fat 40.3 g
    Saturated Fat 21.3 g
    Cholesterol 195.6 mg
    Sodium 591.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 7.8 g
    Protein 24.6 g

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