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Baked Meatballs {Swedish Style}

Enjoy as it is or pair with gravy and mashed potatoes for a full IKEA experience

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baked meatballs recipe Swedish Style

Baked Meatballs Swedish Style is so naturally yummy, healthy, and easy to make. Enjoy it as it is or pair it with homemade gravy & creamy mashed potatoes for a full IKEA experience.

Baked Meatballs Swedish Style Recipe

How to make Baked Meatballs Swedish Style?

Tip No.1 is to use a combination of ground beef and pork for the ultimate yumminess

Homeground pork is especially delicious. Perfect for making meatballs and pork fillings. It is simpler than you might expect to grind your own pork at home.

Use a meat grinder or Stand Mixer with a meat grinder attachment. Do not use a food processor, as it breaks down the meat too much, thus totally destroying the flavor and taste.

Home Ground Pork for juicy delicious dumpling fillings, meatballs and more
Home Ground Pork for juicy delicious dumpling fillings, meatballs, and more

Tip No.2 is to marinate the meat properly for ultra tasty baked meatballs

These baked meatballs are so juicy and packed with flavors for good reasons. Other than the usual marinating ingredients such as a splash of Shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, eggs, salt, black pepper, fennel seeds, and minced garlic, there are a few unique essential ones I’d like to highlight here:

The first is chopped & overnight sweet brown rice

Sweet brown rice is a wonderful substitute for bread crumbs. Chop them into small bits using a spice grinder first and then soak overnight. They have a soft, chewy, and pleasant nutty flavor. You can also use sweet brown rice flour instead.

brown sweet rice

The second is the sauteed red onion

Red onion complements beef really well. Chop the red onion either using a knife or a food processor and then lightly saute until they are soft, translucent, and fragrant, and then blend with the meat.

chopped red onions

The third is the chopped parsley

Parsley is another herb that completes beef very well. Use a knife or food processor to chop the parsley leaves and tender stems into small pieces and then add them to the meat and blend well.

During the summer, when I have harvested loads of parsley from our backyard vegetable garden, I make a simple herb pesto and store it in small packs in the freezer to use for occasions like this.

chopped parsley in the food processor
Use a food processor to finely chop parsley

The last but not least marinating ingredient is Dijon Mustard

The iconic Dijon mustard gives these meatballs a complex unique flavor.

Dijon Mustard

Tip No.3 is to roll the meatballs and bake them on unbleached parchment paper

Use an ice cream scoop if you can use help getting a consistent portion of marinated meat. Use both hands to roll into a ball and place them on a baking pan lined with unbleached parchment paper.

ready for baking meatballs on the unbleached parchment paper on the baking pan

This heavy-duty nontoxic parchment paper not only helps preserve the juice coming out of the meatballs during the baking but also makes the cleaning easier.

freshly baked meatballs
baked meatballs recipe Swedish Style

Baked Meatballs Recipe {Swedish Style}

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Baked Meatballs Swedish Style is so naturally yummy, healthy, and easy to make. Enjoy it as it is or pair it with homemade gravy and creamy mashed potatoes for a full IKEA experience.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork, preferably home ground pork, see notes
  • 1/2 cup sweet brown rice, chopped into small pieces and soaked over-night, or use 1/3 cup sweet brown rice flour as a substitute
  • 1/2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 eggs, cage-free or organic
  • 3/4 tsp salt, such as Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped, see notes
  • a small red onion, chopped and sauteed
  • 1/4 tsp cooking oil such as avocado oil, for sauteing red onion

Instructions

Prepare Marinating Ingredients:

  1. Use a spice grinder to chop the brown sweet rice into small pieces and then soak it in plenty of water overnight. Rinse, drain and set aside.
    soaking chopped sweet brown rice in plenty of water in a bowl
  2. Wash and rinse parsley. Only keep the tender stems and leaves and cut it into bite-size lengths. Use a compact food processor to chop them into super small pieces.
    chopped parsley in the food processor
    or use a small pack of the previously frozen parsley pesto previously preserved.
    preserved parsley pesto
  3. Peel garlic, add them to a compact food processor and turn it into finely minced garlic.
    Minced Garlic Using a Compact Food Processor
  4. Peel off the outer layer of red onion, and chop it into small pieces. If you prefer to have the red onion blend better and become less visible, then use the compact food processor and chop it into smaller pieces.
    chopped red onion in compact food processor
  5. Turn the heat to medium-high, and heat a wok or fry pan for 1 minute. Add about 1/4 tsp avocado oil along with the chopped red onion. Sautee for 1 minute or till they are fragrant and become soft and translucent. Turn off the heat and let it cool down.
    sauteed red onions

Marinating the Meat:

  1. Rinse ground beef and ground pork under the cold water, drain the water, and add to a large mixing bowl.
    ground beef and ground pokr in the mixing bowl
  2. Add eggs, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, black pepper, fennel seeds, Himalayan pink salt, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and brown rice.
    Marinating ground beef and pork for Swedish Meatballs
  3. Use a bamboo spatula to press and break down the meat and fold them into the seasoning. Continue to fold until everything is fully blended, and then add the sauteed red onion.
    add sauteed red onion to the marinated ground beef and ground pork
  4. While planting the bamboo spatula inside the meat mixture, swiftly turn the bamboo spatula in one direction, either clockwise or counter-clockwise to bond the meat together.
    marinated ground beef and pork for Swedish meatballs

Roll and Bake the Meatballs

  1. Line the baking pan with unbleached parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Use an ice cream scoop to get a full scoop of the marinated meat.
    Use a ice cream scoop to scoop out marinated meat for making meatballs
  3. Pack firmly using fingers and then release the meat and use both hands to toss and roll it into a ball and place it on the baking pan.
    form a meatball using both hands
  4. Repeat until you've done with all the meatballs.
    ready for baking meatballs on the unbleached parchment paper on the baking pan
  5. Once the oven reaches the desired temperature of 350 F, bake for 30 minutes and then remove it from the oven and cool on a wired rack.
    freshly baked meatballs
  6. Enjoy these yummy and healthy baked meatballs Swedish Style!
    baked meatballs Swedish Style
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 692mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 38g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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