Thursday, October 19, 2017

IKEA Swedish Meatballs vs My Swedish Meatballs

The new IKEA opened near me two weeks ago and I have to say I went there 4 days of the first 5 days it was open. I had to try their  Swedish meatball meal. It was good, so I bought a package of the regular meatballs. (They also have chicken and vegetable meatballs) Now I'm going to ask the family if they prefer mine or IKEA's meatballs. I will only know which meatball is which....let the judging begin!

My Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter

Cream Sauce:
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste


In a medium size bowl combine the ground beef, panko bread crumbs, parsley, nutmeg, allspice, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper and egg. Mix well. Roll into 12 large meatballs or 20 small ones. In a skillet melt the 1 tablespoon of butter and add the olive oil. Add the meatballs continuously turn them until they are brown and cooked throughout. Put them on a plate and cover them in foil.

In the same skillet and the 4 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of flour. Whisk until it turns light brown. Slowly stir in the broth and heavy cream. Then add the Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard simmer until sauce begins to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the meatballs back in and let simmer an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve on mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

IKEA Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 egg
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup water
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, crushed
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of allspice, optional

Cream Sauce:
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
1 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all the ingredients together except the butter and form meatballs. Fry them in butter until they are brown and cooked throughout. Set aside. In the same skillet add the butter and the flour until its brown and the flour is cooked. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until you get the desired thickness. Serve cream sauce over meatballs ...don't forget the mashed potatoes and the lingonberry jam.

1 comment:

  1. Well there is no comparison between home made nest balls or some outsider meatball. I hope yours must have tasted so good as compared to the IKEA one.