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swedish cardamom meatballs


from a food network "calling all cooks" segment several years ago as made by inglill mutti with my alterations. these are about as swedish as they get and my once a year must make recipe each christmas season. this joins my top ten favorite recipes! two tips: cardamom can be expensive & hard to find. i finally found it at "wild oats" where bulk spices are sold by the ounce. i also use tyler florence's recipe for the accompanying lingonberry sauce, another hard to find item. i found 2 brands at cost plus world market, and i also hear it's sold at ikea if there's one near you.


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  • Carbohydrates: 575.0
  • Fats: 62.0
  • Dietary Fiber: 31.0
  • Minerals: 24.0
  • Proteins: 49.0
  • Vitamins: 106.0
  • Water: 9.0


  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk or buttermilk in large mixing bowl for 5 minutes
  2. Add meat
  3. Eggs
  4. Salt & pepper
  5. Cardamom and 1 cup chopped onion
  6. Mix well and roll into 1-1 / 2" meatballs
  7. It helps to wet your hands as you roll
  8. Saute meatballs in 1 / 4 cup butter approximately 20 minutes
  9. Remove browned meatballs and set aside
  10. In same skillet
  11. Saute 1 / 2 cup chopped onion with 1 / 4 cup butter
  12. Sugar and pepper unti caramelized
  13. About 10 minumtes
  14. Add beef broth to onion & sugar mixture
  15. Scraping up any browned bits from the pan
  16. Briefly cook over high heat
  17. Add cream
  18. Gravy maker and all other spices and bring to a simmer
  19. Make a slurry of the cornstarch & water and whisk the slurry into the mixture to thicken
  20. "if youre going to serve the meatballs right away
  21. Add them to the sauce and simmer another 20-30 minutes"
  22. Otherwise
  23. Cool and refrigerate sauce & meatballs
  24. Either together or separately
  25. Combine all ingredients for the lingonberry sauce and mix well
  26. Serve meatballs in a chafing dish with sauce and lingonberry sauce on the side as a dip

Step 15

Total Time in Minute 80

Ingredients Count 23

cooking swedish cardamom meatballs

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Fresh breadcrumbs


Lean ground beef

Ground pork


Salt & pepper

Ground cardamom

Yellow onions



Beef broth

Heavy cream

Gravy mix

Ground nutmeg

Ground allspice

Ground cloves

Ground cinnamon



All-purpose flour

Chicken broth

Sour cream

Lingonberry preserves

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