IKEA has released their famous Swedish meatballs recipe, so you can make the classic dish at home
Most of the country is now well into the second month of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and in-between meals we have invented, because, why not) from the comfort of our own home. Seeing as the majority of restaurants are closed or offering a limited menu in a takeout-only capacity, some of our favorite dishes and comfort foods are unfortunately not available. Luckily, a few generous establishments — including the Cheesecake Factory and Disney Parks — have revealed some of their trademark recipes so that we can recreate these much-missed items in our own kitchen. Well, if you are a fan of IKEA’s trademark Swedish meatballs, then start preheating your oven — the home goods purveyor has finally released the recipe for their most famous dish.
On Monday, IKEA UK and Ireland, currently closed due to the pandemic, treated carnivores around the world with a recipe card with visual illustrations– similar looking to the assembly instructions for their furniture — detailing everything you need to cook the beloved balls.
“We know that some people might be missing our meatballs, which is why we’ve released an at-home alternative which, using easily accessible ingredients, will help those looking for some inspiration in the kitchen,” Lorena Lourido, the country food manager at IKEA UK and Ireland, said in a press release according to CNN. “Staying at home can be hard, but we want to help make everyone’s lives that little bit easier and more enjoyable.
“Bon appétit or, smaklig måltid, as we say in Sweden!”
Judging from the reaction on social media, the gesture is much-appreciated, as fans expressed their excitement.
As we grow used to a “new normal” that includes rarely leaving home and doing almost all of our own cooking save for occasional non-contact take-out, having recipes for some of our fave restaurant items is a nice perk. IKEA knows what brings people to their doors (and it’s not just the affordable, albeit difficult to assemble home decor).
Ikea’s Swedish meatballs with cream sauce (makes 16 – 20 meatballs)
Ingredients for the meatballs:
500 grams (1.1 pounds) ground beef
250 grams (slightly more than ½ pound) ground pork
1 onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
100 grams (3.5 ounces) breadcrumbs
5 tablespoons of whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients for the cream sauce:
Dash of oil
40 grams (1.4 ounces) butter
40 grams (1.4 ounces) plain flour
150 ml (5 fluid ounces) vegetable stock
150 ml (5 fluid ounces) beef stock
150 ml (5 fluid ounces) thick double cream
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
2. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape while cooking).
3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.
4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven, 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius, and cook for a further 30 minutes.
And, for the cream sauce:
1. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes.
2. Add the vegetable stock and beef stock and continue to stir. Add the thick double cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard.
3. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
4. When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes — either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.