If you've been to Ikea, you know that the experience is not just for looking at "modern" furniture it'll take you three hours to put together later, but it's also about the food, specifically Cinnamon Rolls and Swedish Meatballs.

The majority of stores across the country are closed, and while some support it, most miss the meatballs. Don't worry, because they've decided to release their recipe for the meatballs, and it's definitely something to try at home tonight.

“Staying at home can be hard, but we want to help make everyone’s lives that little bit easier and more enjoyable. Bon appétit or, smaklig måltid, as we say in Sweden," says Lorena Lourido, Ikea's Food Manager.

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Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs: Serves 4

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 500g beef mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)
  • Generous salt and pepper

For the cream sauce

  • Dash of oil
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 150mL vegetable stock
  • 150mL beef stock
  • 150mL thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Method

Meatballs: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  4. 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:

  1. Melt 40g butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g 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.
  2. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes - either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

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