Not Your Ikea Swedish Meatballs

First day in Stockholm had me feeling pretty damn jet lagged. Hopping time zones always has me a little groggy. But there was NO WAY that was going to stop me from signing up for a Swedish Meatball Cooking Class.

There aren’t many Swedes in Rhode Island. In fact, in order to satisfy my Swedish meatballs cravings I have to drive an hour and 45 minutes to the closest Ikea. Then I end up leaving with furniture I will never put together.



But yes, so here’s my chance to learn how to make authentic Swedish meatballs IN SWEDEN?! Jet lagged or not, hell yes I’m in. 🇸🇪🇸🇪

The class involved some traditional Swedish singing, some VERY strong schnapps (I mean VERRRRY strong) and most importantly a delicious meal. Which means that now, in turn, I want to give you guys the recipe too. NOBODY should have to travel almost two hours for Swedish Meatballs. 😀

Literally “Singing for my Supper”



Swedish Meatballs Recipe

What you will need:

  • Mixture of ground beef & pork
  • Onions
  • Salt
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cream
  • Egg
  • Oil
  • Half a beef bullion
  • Flour


  1. Caramelize your onions.
  2. Mix the ground beef and pork with the caramelized onions until well blended.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs and mix together.
  4. Add the cream and eggs and mix together.

At this point you’re ready to shape the meatballs. My teacher (whaddup Daniel!!) taught me a very clever trick so that you don’t end up having meat all over your hands. In between making a couple of meatballs, rinse your hands in a dish with water. This will prevent the meat sticking everywhere.

Probably the cutest meatball roller in the world 😍              
  1. Roll the meatball mixture into medium well compressed balls.
  2. Add VERY little oil to the skillet and once hot add meatballs, turn until cooked and browned.


After your meatballs are cooking is a good time to make your gravy.

  1. Add half of beef bullion cube to a sauce pan.
  2. Add cream and slowly add a bit of flour.
  3. Whisk together
  4. Add grease from meatballs to sauce and whisk until it has a smooth gravy consistency (add more flour if needed).

Once your meatballs are cooked and your gravy is all set, IT IS TIME TO EATTTTT. Grab a plate and toss the gravy on top of your meatballs. Pair it with some mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce (if you can find it) and you have yourself a traditional Swedish meatball meal.

Had I known Swedish meatballs were THIS EASY to cook I would have been in some big trouble in the waistline department. Totally going to be adding this to my future meals and I hope now you can too!  So thankful to City Backpacker Hostel for hosting this class and getting me saucy while feeding me. Life doesn’t get much better!

These meatballs disappeared two minutes after this picture was taken


Want to see the whole experience, hop on over to my Snapchat and see how it went.

USERNAME: v_vagabond

Let me know how yours came out in the comments!!




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