Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Serves: 4 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Swedish Meatballs


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1/2 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs or gluten-free crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 3 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish


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Meatballs are not only practical and can be done in many ways, added into pasta, sandwiches, eaten with rice and beans, and even salads. You choose how to eat or how to prepare your meatballs. It is easy to make dish and one that families always love. It’s good to have handy a healthier way to make it, one that keeps the rich flavor of meatballs, while being lighter.

You can fry them, boil them, bake, or even steamed. Meatballs are fun to make. Swedish meatballs are a mixture of other meats which is common on meatballs recipes, usually pork and beef, you could also replace them and use two different types of meat for example beef and turkey which makes the flavor lighter, but you could mix your two preferred types of meat.

If you are looking for a lighter or healthier version of the recipe, you could adhere to using turkey instead of pork and replace the heavy cream with fat cream cheese. That way you still maintain the rich flavor of the Swedish meatballs but with fewer calories.

What's great about this recipe is that it can work with everything, but you could play with it, replacing greasy meat with less greasy one and making it as light as you want, but both ways Swedish meatballs are a creamy, rich recipe to make. It takes some effort as you need to chop, mix, prepare your meatballs, cook them and then fry them and prepare the sauce. But it will be all worthy once you get a bite of these tender and rich meatballs.

  1. Start with the preparation of the Swedish meatballs the first thing need to do is to cook the vegetables and seasoning, add the garlic, onion, and fennel stalks of celery whichever is easier to get or you have in the pantry and parsley.
  2. After sauteed, add the other ingredients to the mix and cook together; your eggs, breadcrumbs, and preferred meat, pork and beef as the original recipe or beef and turkey for a lighter version of it. Add pepper and salt at taste until get a well-seasoned mix.
  3. Once meat well prepared, make small balls, depending on the size, make them that could get up to 12 meatballs or maybe more. Add them in a boiling broth and let them cook in a mid-high fire, for at least until cooked to perfection or properly. Usually around 20 minutes you should have well-cooked meatballs.
  4. Remove the meatball from the boiling broth and prepare the Swedish meatball condiment, for it add drained broth and add heavy cream or cream cheese for a lighter flavor, and blend them together. Once get an even mixture cook everything together in a frying pan and cook until you get a chunky sauce.