You Asked For It: Swedish meatballs with a creamy dill sauce

I'm looking for a Swedish meatball recipe. Thank you.

Bill Williams, Clearwater

Gerri Kelly of Largo shares a Swedish meatball with creamy dill sauce recipe. She says this is an old recipe from a Swedish neighbor of her mother's in Waukegan, Ill. It is a favorite of many of her friends. She likes to double the sauce recipe so that it makes plenty. The meatballs are flavorful and the dill sauce is a nice complement. You could certainly make them smaller for appetizer portions as well. Be sure to finely chop the onion and celery so there are no big pieces. Make the sauce while you cook the meatballs, and serve everything hot. Gerri has also baked the meatballs in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. I would advise using a nonstick skillet if you prepare them on your stove.

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EASY

Swedish Meatballs

1 pound lean ground beef

8 ounces lean ground pork

1 cup bread crumbs

1 cup milk

½ cup finely chopped celery

½ cup finely chopped onion

½ cup finely chopped Italian parsley

1 egg

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Mixture will be wet. Shape into small balls and brown on all sides in skillet. Reduce the heat and cook through. Time will depend on how big the meatballs are. (To bake, brown first then place in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes. Again, the time will depend on the size of the meatballs.) Remove cooked meatballs to a serving dish. Pour creamy dill sauce over meatballs and serve.

Source: Gerri Kelly of Largo

EASY

Creamy Dill Sauce

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups beef broth

1 cup sour cream

3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

¼ teaspoon grated lemon peel

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until frothy. Let bubble 2 minutes. Gradually stir in beef broth until smooth. Simmer 10 to 12 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring often.

Stir in sour cream, fresh dill and lemon peel. Serve immediately.

Source: Gerri Kelly of Largo

>>easy

Swedish Meatballs

1 pound lean ground beef

8 ounces lean ground pork

1 cup bread crumbs

1 cup milk

½ cup finely chopped celery

½ cup finely chopped onion

½ cup finely chopped Italian parsley

1 egg

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Mixture will be wet. Shape into small balls and brown on all sides in skillet. Reduce heat and cook through. Time will depend on how big the meatballs are. (To bake, brown first then place in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes. The time will depend on the size of the meatballs.) Remove cooked meatballs to a serving dish. Pour creamy dill sauce over meatballs and serve.

Source: Gerri Kelly of Largo

>>easy

Creamy Dill Sauce

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups beef broth

1 cup sour cream

3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

¼ teaspoon grated lemon peel

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until frothy. Let bubble 2 minutes. Gradually stir in beef broth until smooth. Simmer 10 to 12 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring often.

Stir in sour cream, fresh dill and lemon peel. Serve immediately.

Source: Gerri Kelly of Largo

You Asked For It: Swedish meatballs with a creamy dill sauce 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 5:30am]

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