Tiny Swedish Meatballs in Cream Sauce

These fun hors d’oeuvres are also delicious rolled into larger, 1-inch balls and served with mashed potatoes for supper at any time of the year. If you don’t have beef broth, use 2 cups of water and a beef-stock cube, or chicken stock.

Courtesy of Sharon Bowers

Tiny Swedish Meatballs in Cream Sauce

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    1 cup breadcrumbs (from 2 slices sandwich bread) 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
    4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 small onion, finely minced 2 tablespoons flour
    1/2 pound ground sirloin 2 cups beef broth
    1/2 pound ground pork 1/2 cup sour cream
    1 teaspoon salt


    Prep: 30 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      In a medium bowl, stir the breadcrumbs into the milk. While the mixture soaks, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and slowly cook the onion until tender and translucent, not brown, about 6 to 7 minutes.

    • 2

      Stir onion into the bowl with the breadcrumbs and set the skillet aside without washing it.

    • 3

      Add the sirloin, pork, salt, allspice, pepper and nutmeg to the breadcrumb mixture and stir until just combined. Roll the meat into tiny meatballs, about 1/2 inch in diameter.

    • 4

      Heat a tablespoon of the remaining butter in the skillet over medium heat and cook the meatballs in batches, adding a bit more butter as needed, until browned all over. (Don’t worry about cooking them through; just brown them lightly.) As the meatballs cook, lift them into a bowl to make room for the next batch.

    • 5

      When all the meatballs are browned, return them to the skillet and sprinkle with the flour. Slowly pour the beef broth over all, stirring to prevent lumps, and bring to a simmer. Cook 7 to 8 minutes, or until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are cooked through. Stir in the sour cream and bring to a simmer to thicken the sauce a bit more.

    • 6

      Serve meatballs on small plates with colored toothpicks for spearing.

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