July 23rd: Saint Bridget of Sweden Swedish Meatballs

2 facts about Saint Bridget of Sweden worthy of two exclamation points:

  1. She was a mama of eight, including one canonized saint, Saint Catherine of Sweden!
  2. She had visions of the crucified Christ, starting at the age of 7!

3 suggestions on Swedish meatballs:

  1. Supposedly, the sauce is all from IKEA, not Sweden. So, if you just want the meatballs, feel free to omit the sauce!
  2. I am all about going, going, and going in the kitchen…but do let the breadcrumbs sit in the milk for 10 minutes. It will make a huge difference!
  3. This recipe will make a hearty, hearty batch of meatballs for you, your family, and your friends! Great for a potluck or to bring to a family with a baby.
  4. If you are GF, sub breadcrumbs with almond meal and cornstarch.

Recipe for Swedish Meatballs (adapted from Cafe Delights):

Ingredients
Meatballs:
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons cream
1 egg
1-3 large garlic cloves, grated or minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1/2 of an onion, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork (note: I couldn’t find any at my grocery, so I used brats and squeezed the ground pork out. Gross, but it worked)
2 tablespoons fresh, finely chopped parsley
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil

Gravy Sauce:
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups beef broth
1-2 teaspoons paprika
1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup thickened (or heavy) cream
3 teaspoons regular soy sauce
2 teaspoon dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, mix the breadcrumbs together with the milk, cream, egg, garlic, salt, peppers and spice. Let the milk soak into breadcrumbs for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Once the milk has absorbed some, add in the onion, meats, and parsley. Mix until combined.
  3. Roll meat into about balls (smaller will produce over 30 meatballs).
  4. Heat 1 tablespoons of butter and 2 teaspoons of oil in a skillet on medium-high heat.
  5. Brown meatballs in smaller batches so they don’t stew or simmer. Transfer to a tray and place in the oven.
  6. For the sauce: Add the 1/3 cup butter to the juices in the pan to melt. Whisk in the flour until it dissolves and turns brown. Pour in the broth, cream, soy sauce, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce . Bring to a to simmer and season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  7. Serve with something delicious like egg noodles or mashed potatoes!

St. Bridget of Sweden, pray for us!

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