Swedish Meatballs with Homemade Dumplings, Zucchini and Cranberries



Swedish meatballs (svenska köttbullar) is a delicious dish of Swedish origin (doh!), served traditionally with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam. These exquisite meatballs are bathed in a delicate yet flavorful broth-based white sauce.

I didn’t fry my meatballs, I baked them in the oven, at medium-high heat, as I usually do. This way, they had a crispy crust, a juicy center, and no extra fat. I served my meatballs with homemade dumplings coated with sage-flavored butter, zucchini and cranberries.

Swedish meatballs ingredients:


  • 600g minced beef
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread (dried in the oven for 10 minutes)
  • 2 Tbsp store bought bread crumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp Cajun spice blend
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 + 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup single cream
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven at 400°F/205°C (gas mark 6).
  2. In a blender crush the dried bread to make the bread crumbs (about 1 cup of bread crumbs).
  3. In a sauce pan, melt the butter and add olive oil, milk, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic and Cajun blend. Bring to a simmer, pour the milk mixture over the bread crumbs, stir and leave aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl mix together minced beef, milk and bread crumbs mixture, egg and store bought bread crumbs and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. I formed one meatball and I cooked it in a frying pan, just to make sure I had the right taste. In my case, it needed salt and pepper.
  6. Mix all the ingredients again and form the meatballs.
  7. Bake them on a parchment paper-lined tray for 20 minutes, turning them once after the first 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile prepare the sauce. In a saucepan heat the butter and olive oil over low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until the mixture is golden and smells like freshly baked pie crust (about 5 minutes).
  9. Add the hot broth, one ½ of a cup at a time, stirring frequently.
  10. Cook sauce on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  11. At the end add cream, Worcestershire sauce, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Meatballs - ingredients

Sauce- ingredients

Meatballs & Sauce

Homemade dumplings with zucchini and cranberries

  • 180g strong white flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini, cubed (about 200g)
  • 50g dried cranberries (covered with water)
  • 10 sage leaves
  • 1 garlic clove


  1. Fill a 4l pot with water and put in on the stove, on high heat, covered with a lid.
  2. Beat the eggs with a fork and add the salt. Pour the flour gradually and mix continuously with a spoon until you form a paste. Leave the dough for 5 minutes to rest.
  3. When the water starts to boil add a handful of salt and 1 Tbsp of oil and reduce the heat to minimum.
  4. Place your tablespoon in the hot water to heat the spoon and tear a small amount of dough. Put your spoon (with the uncooked dumpling) back in the water to release the dumpling. Repeat this procedure. Cook the dumplings for about 8 minutes, drain and rinse under cold water.
  5. In a large pot heat the butter and the olive oil. Add the sage leaves and the crushed (not minced) garlic. Add the cubed zucchini and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the cranberries (without the water) and the dumplings and cook for another 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Season well with salt and pepper and serve with Swedish meatballs.


Dumplings - ingredients
Zucchini & dumplings - ingredients
Zucchini & Dumplings

Swedish MeatballsSource: www.foodnetwork.com

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