All it took was a couple of recent trips to Ikea and reading the book A Man Called Ove (pronounced Oovay) for me to crave some good ol’ Swedish meatballs! Now, I don’t think I’ve ever met a meatball I didn’t like, and this recipe below is absolutely no exception. My family devoured this one-dish dinner, and it even had my 9-year-old asking for thirds. And luckily, this is another easy one that can be thrown together in no time at all on any busy weeknight. But if you’re really smart, you’ll double it and enjoy the leftovers for lunch! :)
- 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion minced
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1/4 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pinch allspice
- 5 large carrots peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups broth beef, chicken, or veggie
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Cook the onions while stirring occasionally until they begin to soften, 2 or 3 minutes.
- Dump the cooked onions into a large bowl along with the beef, pork, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and spices. Mix well by hand and form into 1 1/2 inch meatballs.
- Turn the skillet to medium high and add the meatballs and carrots. Cook until the meatballs are brown and almost crispy on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour over top and cook while stirring for another minute to allow it to absorb. Pour in the broth, 1/2 cup cream, and soy sauce and bring to a boil while scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Simmer until the sauce thickens to a gravy. the meatballs are cooked all the way through, and the carrots are tender when pierced with a fork, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, spoon over whole-wheat egg noodles, and serve.