Swedish meatballs are well known around the world for their marvelous taste and beautiful texture. Turkish in origin, as it turns out, the recipe arrived in Sweden in the early 18th century when King George XII returned to Sweeden after his exile. Made with beef, pork, spices, eggs, breadcrumbs, and allspice, these meatballs quickly became a national dish and the recipes have been perfected and passed on from one generation to the next since. The creamy sauce in which they're served is earthy and perfect to moisten the meat.
Our easy version uses frozen meatballs (but you can make your own and adjust the cooking time to 2.5 hours on HIGH) and it takes just 15 minutes to put together. Turn on your crockpot in the morning and come back to a wonderful and flavorful dinner. Serve them with rice, noodles, or potatoes, and a side of steamed vegetables. Mild and creamy, our meatballs have a wonderful mushroom and beef flavor.
Gather the ingredients.
Combine the frozen meatballs, onion, garlic, mushroom soup, and water in a 3- to 4-quart crockpot.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or until the meatballs are hot and the onions are tender.
One hour before the cooking time is over, combine the sour cream, flour, and pepper and mix well using a wire whisk.
Add a spoonful of the hot liquid from the crockpot to the sour cream mixture and mix again with the wire whisk until smooth.
Add the sour cream mixture to the crockpot, stir well, cover, and cook on LOW for 30 to 40 minutes until the sauce is thickened and has blended with the rest of the ingredients.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Swedish Meatball Dinner Menu
Here are some ideas for side dishes that pair nicely with the meat and are traditionally presented on the Swedish dinner table:
- Potatoes: Any boiled potato will do a great job, but try these grilled dill potatoes to add some crunch. Mashed potatoes are also wonderful at soaking up the creamy meatball sauce, and this garlic mash is a perfect pungent contrast to the earthy meat.
- Noodles or Pasta: Make any pasta or egg noodles of your liking and season them with olive oil, salt, black pepper, pepper flakes, 4 to 6 tablespoons of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup of Pecorino cheese.
- Rice: Simple white rice is a perfect side to the creamy meatballs, but you can bring more flavor to your table with other types of rice like this coriander-cumin jeera rice.
- Lingonberry Jam: This fruit makes a wonderful accompaniment to the meatballs, and it's usually present when meatballs are served. Bitter when raw, lingonberries need sugar and cooking. Buy pre-made lingonberry sauce or jam.
- Dill-Cucumber Salad: Fresh cucumbers with dill and vinegar are a welcome, tangy side dish. They add freshness and bite in contrast to the softer side dishes and meatballs.
- Pancakes: A sweet end to your dinner, pancakes with lingonberry jam and powdered sugar are a beautiful dessert. Add a dollop of whipped cream if desired.