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Meatballs And Gravy In A Pan

Meatballs And Gravy Recipe

It's Meatballs And Gravy Recipe - Ikea-inspired seared meatballs made with ground beef and turkey and simmered in the best ever homemade gravy. This hearty and satisfying dish is sure to become new family's favorite. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Swedish
Keyword cozy, creamy, fried, sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Inactive 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 413kcal
Author Iryna


For the meatballs

  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • 2 slices white bread crust removed
  • 1 medium onion finely minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 2 c breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

For the gravy


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:)


Note 1
You can also bake meatballs instead of frying. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place shaped and dredged meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until instant meat thermometer reaches 160 F and meatballs are nice and brown.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.8g | Protein: 29.6g | Fat: 19.1g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 3.5g | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 10mg