It's Meatballs And Gravy Recipe - Ikea-inspired meatballs made with ground beef and turkey that are seared till brown and crispy and then simmered in the best ever homemade gravy. This hearty and satisfying dish is sure to become new family's favorite.
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Meatballs And Gravy Recipe
Let's agree on the fact, that IKEA sells one of best meatballs.
Whenever we go there to pick up a furniture, visiting their cafeteria is usually last but not the least thing on our list.
I love ordering their smoked salmon, but for my husband there's no better IKEA meal than meatballs and gravy with a side of mashed potato.
So, when on one casual evening, he was presented with homemade meatballs for dinner, he couldn't be more excited because it was his favorite meatballs ever.
What makes these this Meatballs and Gravy recipe so special?
- A combination of ground beef and ground turkey or chicken makes for a very juicy and flavorful meatball;
- frying meatballs allows for a beautiful toasty and crispy exterior;
- creamy Swedish meatballs sauce, aka Gravy has a ton of delicate flavor and compliments the meatballs perfectly!
Can I make these meatballs in the oven?
Absolutely. Place shaped meatballs on a parchment lined baking tray. Bake in a preheat to 400 F oven for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 F and meatballs are nice and brown. (I love using this meat thermometer)
What to serve with Swedish Meatballs?
My favorite dish to serve Swedish Meatballs with is my homemade mashed potatoes. You can drizzle the gravy all over potatoes for even more satisfying bite. Yummy!
In addition, I recommend serving meatballs with Lingonberry preserve. It has a sweet and tart profile and nicely compliments the meatballs.
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Meatballs And Gravy Recipe
For the meatballs
To make meatballs
- Place bread in a medium bowl and pour 1 cup of water. Allow bread to soak for 10 minutes. (Soaked bread will help to bind the meat together)
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a medium skillet and over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes until translucent.
- In a large mixing bowl add ground beef and turkey, sautéed onion, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mash the soaked bread with your fingers and add in to a bowl as well. Gently mix all the ingredients with your hands or with a spoon until combined.
- Using a teaspoon to pinch off the meat, roll it into 1-inch meatballs. Wet your hands from time to time to make smoother meatballs.
- Dredge meatballs in breadcrumbs.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet and over medium heat. Fry the meatballs in batches until they are browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to a paper towel lined plate.* (Note 1)
To make gravy
- Wipe off the pan and on a medium heat melt butter. Add 2 tsp of flour and stir until light beige, about 2 minutes.
- Whisking continuously, start adding slightly warmed broth, 1 ladle at a time. Make sure there are no lumps of flour remaining in the broth.
- Whisk in half and half, salt, pepper, paprika and simmer on a medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add meatballs to the pan and simmer for another 1-2 minutes.
- Sprinkle with parsley and serve with a side of Lingonberry jam for an ultimate Ikea experience:)
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