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Grama Elva’s Swedish meatballs

 

                  Great grandparents                                                 Grampa Adolph

Grampa Adolph worked in the brickyard in the small town of Troy, Idaho. He was a quiet man who barely spoke and when he did he had a broken accent. His parents had emigrated from Sweden and while his older siblings were born there, he was born in America.

He married Elva Sodestrom and they had three girls who were raised in a loving but strict household. My mother was the eldest of these girls and has always treasured her Swedish heritage. Elva was a feisty little lady who made the best cinnamon rolls, maple bars and sweets. She left an indelible impression that has never faded.

My mother never forgot her Swedish roots and continued with the tradition of making these special meatballs. She would make large batches for family reunions and when she came to Saudi she enlisted the kids help in rolling and frying them.

As you will see these meatballs are not low-fat! I am sure you can alter this recipe to make it less fatty which I have tried a few times. I am posting the original recipe not a low fat version!

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup finely chopped onions

2 eggs slightly beaten

1  cup milk

1 cup fine bread crumbs

1 1/2  tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Sauce

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup flour

4 beef bouillon cubes

3 cups hot water

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups light cream or half and half

Butter for frying meatballs

Directions

Soften breadcrumbs in milk

Mix ground beef, breadcrumbs and all other meatball ingredients until well combined

Roll ground beef mixture into 1 inch balls

Place a small amount of butter in a large saute pan and brown meatballs on all sides. Fry until thoroughly cooked. You will have to work in batches with this larger recipe. When cooked, remove to a baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix water and bouillon cubes on medium heat until dissolved, set aside. Melt 1/2 cup butter and add flour, mix until smooth and bubbly. Add milk, cream and bouillon to flour mixture and stir until smooth and thickened. Pour sauce over meatballs and bake in oven an additional 30 minutes.

My mother’s original directions are listed below. I changed them a bit to suit my needs.

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67 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sounds delicious! I remember Elva and Adolph – and Elva ALWAYS had a plate of goodies “ready” whenever we stopped by! ❤

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    January 24, 2018
  2. Most appetising. Will your antecedents appear in your book?

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    January 24, 2018
  3. love the old photos and old family recipe! always the best!

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    January 24, 2018
  4. Wonderful tradition!

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    January 24, 2018
  5. Yum! Looks delish!

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    January 24, 2018
  6. Sounds yummy!

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    January 24, 2018
  7. Alice #

    These old recipe should are the best!!! I hope you will include some of them in your cookbook or maybe write another cookbook!! 😊

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    January 24, 2018
  8. Recipes handed down can be some of the best! These look super-yummy, who cares about the fat! xo

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    January 24, 2018
  9. They look delicious, sister 🙂

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    January 24, 2018
  10. Yum yum!

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    January 24, 2018
  11. We love our Swedish meatballs here too. Thanks for the recipe, Lynn.
    Leslie

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    January 24, 2018
  12. Yum, Köttbullar! I love making them and the kids love to eat them… lol!

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    January 24, 2018
  13. I wouldn’t change a thing! I would just be very stingy with the gravy on my portion. 🙂 They sound wonderful!

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    January 24, 2018
  14. Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe, Lynn. I love recipes with something a little different in them – like nutmeg. Who would have thought? I’m going to give this a try!

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    January 24, 2018
  15. This looks delicious!

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    January 24, 2018
  16. I love old recipes and also love nutmeg it seems to be getting a revival in lots of new recipes Lately as well.. 🙂

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    January 24, 2018
  17. This looks yummy! I think I had something similar in Sweden years ago. Wanted to ask for seconds but was too shy – afterwards I saw the leftovers in the dog’s bowl! awww
    I’ve been making a lot of meatballs lately. I haven’t settled yet on any one recipe over another, but they are great when expecting a crowd around. Pork and veal mince also makes a great, although lighter meatball. I’ve only been coating mine lightly in sauce so they can be eaten with a toothpick. I’ve also found them very useful for my brother who has trouble digesting anything as he has stomach and oesophagus cancer. Do they freeze once they’ve had the sauce added?

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    January 24, 2018
  18. When’s dinner?????

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    January 25, 2018
  19. The title should have been warning enough to ‘come back later.’ 🙂 Now I’m hungry! These sound divine.

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    January 25, 2018
  20. Oh my! I bet these are scrumptious! I love the old photos. I would incorporate this part of your life in your book.

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    January 25, 2018
    • Thank you so much! Another friend mentioned that as well. I have done that a little bit but will keep it up! Thanks for the input!

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      January 25, 2018
  21. They look and sound delicious!! YUMM!! xoxox

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    January 25, 2018
  22. These sound fantastic (probably in part because they are definitely not low fat).

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    January 25, 2018
  23. Thank you Lynn. These look delicious. 😊

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    January 25, 2018
  24. The meatballs look delicious. I enjoyed reading about your Swedish roots. Good photos.

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    January 25, 2018
  25. Looks so good! I loved visiting Sweden…it’s amazing.

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    January 25, 2018
  26. Mmmmm yum ! I haven’t had a meatball in years !!!! Thanks for sharing Lynn 🙂 xxx

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    January 26, 2018
  27. Yummy!😊

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    January 27, 2018
  28. Lynz, this is like looking at my grandmother or mother cooking meatballs! I had to laugh at how this is not low in calories…this seems to so true for many Swedish recipes from my grandmother’s time. My mother now drastically reduces the sugar etc in baking recipes! Lovely to learn about Adolph and Elva! They’ve already made quite an impression on me from your descriptions (quite the writer!). 😀❤️

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    January 27, 2018
    • Thank you so much dear Annika!! Wow maybe we are related ❤️😀

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      January 28, 2018
    • Oh also my mom and dad went to Sweden to meet her family and it was a very exciting trip. This was about 15 years ago.

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      January 28, 2018
      • Have you ever been to Sweden? Would you have a chance with some of your family? It’s wonderful that your parents had an opportunity … I bet they met a lot of family.

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        January 28, 2018
        • I have never been but my daughter studied in spain and she went for a week to sweden to meet family. She said it was beautiful! I think most of elvas family is still in sweden.by the way she was the youngest of eleven kids!

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          January 28, 2018
  29. Ellen Erickson #

    Hi Lynne, I had to share this blog and recipe with Don. He really remembers your grandparents and great grandmother when she lived with Aunt Ruth. The first time I went to a Swedish “potluck” with your relatives, I was overwhelmed with all the tasty food and never got over it. I adored your grandmother Elva and do remember Adolph was very quiet. Such fond memories. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 27, 2018
    • Thank you so much for this wonderful comment Ellen! Elva was such a special person and so was Adolph. Please say hi to Don for me! It is a warm feeling to share these memories. ❤️thank you

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      January 28, 2018
  30. Aww, my great Grandparents came from Sweden. They chose New England (Rockport Massachusetts) since the rocky ocean view reminded them of fjords and Swedish boating and shipping port towns. 💕 My Grandpa didn’t know any recipes so mainly I was raised with my German Grandma who mainly made delicious desserts and breakfast kuchen and strudels. Yummy!
    I may try this Swedish meatballs recipe someday! Thanks, Lynn! 💕

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    February 7, 2018
  31. Hello. How are you doing? Happy St Patrick’s Day. Enjoyed reading this post and the history. I wish I had my grandparents recipe’s although Mark has his Grandma Helen’s recipe’s that I have been copying and hope to you in our blogs. You are a very lucky to have those. Look forward to reading more.

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    March 17, 2018
  32. these meatballs sound amazing…who cares about low fat…lets enjoy xx

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    April 21, 2018

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