Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs are so tasty and so delicious.
You will need:

- 1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs, about 3 slices bread
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion or 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth
- 1 cup half-and-half or light cream
Combine bread crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and 3/4 cup milk in a large mixing bowl. Let milk soak into the crumbs for a few minutes. Gently stir in ground beef until well blended; form into balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Brown meatballs in butter and oil in a large skillet. Remove with a slotted spoon to a 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of drippings. Then, stir flour into drippings. Cook and stir constantly, until bubbly. Stir in beef broth and cream. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens and boils for a minute. Pour over Swedish meatballs in baking dish. Bake Swedish meatballs at 325° for 35 to 45 minutes. If you want to add a little bit more spice, add 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp white pepper, and 1/4 tsp ground allspice after taking it out the oven. Best served with noodles. Enjoy!
- Nicole

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