Swedish Meatballs

Here in the States, they are called Swedish Meatballs (above), but in Norway, we call them kjøttkaker or kjøttboller.

If you visit various pages on my web site, you will discover that many things in Norway have at least one name, and what we call in the USA, Swedish Meatballs, are no exception.

The Norwegians serve kjøttkaker with stewed green peas, potatoes, gravy and tytteber sylte (whole berry cranberry sauce.

Here is the recipe:
Makes 48 balls

1 lb ground beef
1/4 lb ground veal
1 lb ground pork
2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 onion diced fine
2 tablespoons butter
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon mustard
3 beaten eggs
4 tablespoons butter

Soak bread crumbs in milk and blend with meat. Saute onions in 2 tablespoons butter. Mix together seasonings, eggs, onion. Mix well and form into small balls.

My mom always make a flat test-meatball, on a iron skillet, to make sure the seasoning was right.

Option #1: This is a great method my Norwegian sister-in-law, Hjalma, taught me, and I like it since it is fast and we use no fat for baking them.

Heat the oven to 350° F.
Fill a small bowl with cold water, and use a tablespoon to form the balls. Dip the spoon in water; then use it for forming and place them in a large un-greased baking pan or on a cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until done. Transfer them to an oven proof serving dish and set aside.

Option #2:
Form the kjøttkaker as mentioned above. Melt butter in iron skillet; brown them on all sides and place them in an oven proof serving dish and set aside.

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 5 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon beef concentrate or bouillon cube
2 cups beef stock
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Add garlic and 1 tablespoon butter to the drippings in the skillet. Blend in 4 more tablespoons butter, tomato paste, beef bouillon and stock.

Stir mixture on low heat until it thickens. Stir in sour cream and pour sauce over meatballs. Place in oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Bingo, there you have Swedish Meatballs or Norwegian Kjøttkaker ready to serve.

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