IKEA's Swedish Meatballs

IKEA Swedish Meatballs Serves: 12. Preparation time: 80 minutes.

For the Meatballs:
  • 1½ lbs. Ground Beef
  • ¾ lbs. Ground Pork
  • 1 C. Onions (Chopped)
  • 1 T. Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 C. Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ¾ C. Whole Milk
  • 1 t. Kosher Salt
  • ½ t. Ground Pepper
  • 2 oz. Olive Oil
For the Sauce:
  • 1¼ C. Vegetable Stock
  • 1¼ C. Beef Stock
  • 1¼ C. Heavy Cream
  • 2 t. Soy Sauce
  • 2 t. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 t. Olive Oil
  • 6 T. Butter
  • ⅔ C. All-Purpose Flour

• In a large bowl, mix all the meat and the other ingredients with one tablespoon of the Olive Oil. Mix enough to combine. Use a small scoop to make about 100-120 Meatballs and form them with your wet hands. Place them on parchment on a large tray. Refrigerate the Meatballs for 1 hour.
• In a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil for browning. Add the raw Meatballs until the pan is full. Cook them on all sides for 4-5 minutes. When browned, move them to another tray with parchment. Repeat with fresh Olive Oil and raw Meatballs until all are cooked. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the tray(s) with browned Meatballs in the oven for 15 minutes. Prepare the Sauce while the Meatballs bake.
• In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat, cook the Stocks, Cream, Soy Sauce and Mustard for the Stock Base. When hot, set aside. In a large pot, over medium heat, melt the Butter with the Olive Oil and slowly add the Flour to make a Roux. Cook and stir 4 minutes until hot and smooth. Now slowly add the Stock Base to the Roux and constantly stir until it comes to a boil. If too thick, add more Milk. When the Meatballs are fully baked, add them to the Sauce to coat them. Serve in a large bowl or individually plate 8-10 per person. Optionally serve with Lingonberry or other Jam to be truly Swedish.

"IKEA" - A multinational private conglomerate founded in Sweden in July, 1943 (during WW-II) by 17 year old Ingvar Kamprad. Since 2008, it is the largest furniture supplier in the world, serving East & West Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, India, East & Southeast Asia, Oceania and all of North America. It's first store in the US opened in 1985 (10 years after Canada's). South American countries are its next target market. The name comes from the founder's initials, family farm name and hometown village. Many locations have restaurants and what better way to keep shoppers occupied and happy than to feed them Sweden's nationally known dish, Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Jam. Skål !

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