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Ikea releases its famous Swedish meatball recipe

As its stores and cafeterias are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ikea is sharing the recipe for its signature Swedish meatballs – and they won’t be as difficult to assemble as the company’s furniture.

The Swedish furniture retailer published the recipe for its eight-ingredient meatballs and cream sauce via Twitter earlier this week, in the style of Ikea’s well-known diagrams.

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Here’s how to make Ikea’s meatballs and cream sauce (serves 4):

Swedish meatballs

  • 500 grams (about 1 pound) of ground beef
  • 250 grams (about 0.5 pounds) of ground pork
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) of breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)
  • Generous salt and pepper
ikea meatballs
Ikea has released its famous Swedish meatball recipe. - Ikea / Twitter

Combine the ground beef and pork, and break it up with your fingers to get rid of any lumps. Then, add the chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs and egg, and mix together.

Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.

Roll the mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, and cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours.

To cook the meatballs: Pre-heat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. When the oil is hot, gently add the meatballs and brown them on all sides.

Once browned, add the meatballs to an ovenproof dish, cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

Cream sauce

  • A dash of oil
  • 40 grams (1/3 cup) butter
  • 40 grams (1/3 cup) plain flour
  • 150 millilitres (2/3 cup) vegetable stock
  • 150 millilitres (2/3 cup) beef stock
  • 150 millilitres (2/3 cup) thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce  
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Melt the butter in a pan. Whisk in the flour and stir four 2 minutes.

Add the vegetable and beef stocks and continue to stir. Add the double cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard. Bring the sauce to a simmer and allow it to thicken.

Drizzle sauce over meatballs, and serve with your favourite potatoes and vegetables, and enjoy.

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