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Swedish Meatballs (Kottbullar) - Recipe

Swedish Meatballs (Kottbullar) recipe is great as main dish or appetizer. Meatballs are delicious eaten by themselves or served with gravy, potatoes and lingonberry jelly.

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  • Level: Medium
  • Preparation time: 50 minutes
  • Total time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • Ground Beef

    1 lb
  • Sausages

    1/3 lb
  • Ground Pork

    1/5 lb
  • Bread Crumbs

    1 cup
  • Milk

    1/3 cup
  • Onions (finely chopped)

  • Unsalted Butter

    2 tbsps
  • Italian Parsley

    1 tbsp
  • Worcestershire Sauce

    1 tsp
  • Eggs

  • Salt

    to taste
  • Black Pepper

    to taste
  • Nutmeg

    to taste
  • Sour Cream

    1 cup
  • Beef Broth

    1 cup
  • All Purpose Flour

    1/4 cup
  • Paprika

    to taste
  • Ginger Powder

    to taste
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Cooking Directions:

For the Meatballs

Saute the minced onions in a skillet with one table spoon of the butter.

In a large bowl mix the bread crumbs with the milk. Add the Ground beef, the Sausage meat, the ground pork, the onions, parsley, the egg, the Worcestershire Sauce. Adjust with salt, pepper, nutmeg and ginger to taste.

Make 1 inch wide balls and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Consider using a cookie sheet to avoid them to attach to the pan.

For the Gravy

In a large pan melt the remaining butter and add the sifted flour. Whisk until lightly brown.

Slowly add the beef broth and stir until the gravy begins to thicken.

Add the sour cream and cook until the right consistency is obtained. Adjust with salt and pepper and season with paprika.

Serve the meatballs hot covered with the gravy.


The original recipe calls for pan frying the Kottbullar meatballs instead of oven baking them.

Kottbullar are traditionally served with pickled dills, potatoes, or lingonberry jelly.

You can freeze the cooked meatballs. They are easy to heat up either in the oven or in the microwave.

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