Thursday, March 18, 2010

Swedish Meatballs

My ancestors hail from Sweden, oh yes they do! I'm proud to be part Swed. I make it a point to make Swedish food every now and then so I can teach my children about their heritage. This is my own recipe. It's great served at a buffet served with toothpicks, or served 7 to a person over noodles.

1 1/4 pounds ground beef
2 1/2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 egg slightly beaten
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup beef broth
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 35o degrees.

Combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, sugar and seasonings. Shape into 1 1/2 balls.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Brown the meatballs on all sides and transfer to a shallow casserole.

Pour the beef broth over the casserole and bake for 25 minutes. Add the cream and cook without a cover and bake for 15 minutes more.

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter

Remove the casserole from oven. Transfer the liquid to a medium sauce pan Add the soy sauce and bring to a boil. If the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon, it's done. Whisk in the butter, and add salt and pepper to taste.

If the gravy is too runny (and mine always is), whisk together the flour and water and add this to the sauce pan. Whisk the sauce until it becomes thick like gravy. Add the butter and whisk until combined.

Pour sauce over the meatballs before serving.