Ikea has delighted fans by sharing the recipe for its iconic Swedish meatballs. The furniture giant – temporarily closed as a precautionary measure against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – has decided to share its delicious secret recipe, giving everyone the chance to recreate them at home. Bon Appétit or Smaklig Måltid, as they say in Sweden!
Ingredients (serves 4)
For the meatballs:
- 500gr beef mince
- 250gr pork mince
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
- 100gr breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)
- salt and pepper
For the cream sauce:
- Dash of oil
- 40gr butter
- 40gr plain flour
- 150ml vegetable stock
- 150ml beef stock
- 150ml thick double cream
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Combine beef and pork mince and mix with your fingers to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
- Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for two hours (this will help them hold their shape whilst cooking).
- In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
- When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180C conventional or 160C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Iconic Swedish cream sauce:
- Melt 40gr butter in a pan. Whisk in 40gr of plain flour and stir for two mins.
- Add 150ml of veg stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir.
- Add 150ml of double cream, 2 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard. Bring it to simmer and allow sauce to thicken.
- When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!