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CI Jan/Feb Swedish Meatballs- outstanding!!

happybellynh Jan 13, 2009 12:28 PM

Just made the Swedish meatballs from the current Cook's Illustrated. Notwithstanding their crazy chicken soup recipe, the meatballs were really fab. I did sub light cream instead of heavy, but followed all else and served them over egg noodles, and the whole family enjoyed. Also- I had them on the table in under an hour, which is a pretty exciting accomplishment. So, if you were reluctant, have no fear! Just don't make them every week, with all that cream!

  1. MMRuth Jan 15, 2009 01:23 PM

    That sounds quite similar to the one I use that is from a Swedish cookbook my mother bought in Malmo, and it brings me right back to Sweden. A couple of differences:

    My recipe uses half pork, half beef.
    It calls for light cream, not heavy.
    It calls for 1/2 tsp of all spice for 14 oz of meat - I up that to about 2 tsp, and it really makes them taste the way I remember them tasting - you might want to try upping the all spice in your next batch. I fry up a small bit before making them into meatballs, just to test the seasoning.
    It calls for sauteeing in a couple of tablespoons of butter, rather than deep frying.

    I may need to make these again soon!

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      Norm Man Jan 15, 2009 12:54 PM

      Can you post the Swedish Meatball recipe? Thanks.

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        goodhealthgourmet Jan 15, 2009 01:08 PM


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          Antilope Jun 14, 2009 10:22 AM

          Link to Cook's Illustrated Swedish Meatballs recipe:


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          jeanmarieok Jan 14, 2009 11:29 AM

          I made these for New Years, but I didn't fry them, I baked them in the oven at 400 for about 30 minutes. I suspect frying them might have been better, but they were really good, even baked.

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            kshrimp Jan 13, 2009 07:56 PM

            Thanks for the report! The recipe caught my eye but I haven't gotten around to trying it. That, and frying pork in copious amounts of oil goes against some healthy intentions I'd had for the new year. But mostly I just hadn't gotten around to them :)

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              happybellynh Jan 14, 2009 10:32 AM

              Yeah- I did struggle with that. I should note, too, that I didn't measure the oil, I just dumped in as much as I could stand, which I'm CERTAIN is less than the recommended 1.5 cups. And they were fine.

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