Swedish Meatballs


This is by far my most favorite recipe meatball recipe. I think I say that about all my recipes though LOL but really, the combination of ground turkey and a little ground beef makes these balls very soft! Ok enough talky, more eaty! lol

Prep: 10 mins| Cook: 40 mins| Total: 50 minsIMG_3769IMG_3772


For the balls

  • 1lb of ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 1 whole white onion
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 whole serrano chile for spice
  • 3 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of seasoning salt
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup ( my little additive)

For the gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups of milk
  • chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of beef bouillon, or substitute water for beef broth
  • 6 mushrooms sliced (you can also add more if you like)

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In a bowl, combined ground beef and turkey.IMG_3746

Add 2 eggs. IMG_3747

Next, add the bread crumbs and crushed red pepper. IMG_3748

Combine all your veggies, onions, garlic, Serrano, and bell pepper to the meat mixture. Next add ketchup, salt, pepper and seasoning salt.IMG_3749

Roll balls out about 2 inches in circumference. If you prefer bigger balls, well…thats your preference lol.IMG_3751 IMG_3752

In a skillet, drizzle SANTINI olive oil about 2 tablespoons. I only specify because some people ask which extra virgin olive oil I prefer. And I am sorry i am covering up the label! Once your olive oil is hot, add your balls and be prepared to turn continuously for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat until nice and brown. You can also cover to them to make it a little easier. IMG_3753

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Once you brown your meatballs, take them out and sit them on a plate to rest. In that same pan, now you’re ready for the gravy.

If you covered your meatballs you will notice a good amount of drippings already in the pan. Now add your unsalted butter.

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In a separate pan, drizzle olive oil and add mushrooms, and any excess celery, bell pepper and onion. I decided to cook this desperately and add it to the gravy later. Mushrooms tend to have a lot of water in them, so I didn’t want to water down my gravy by adding the mushrooms in uncooked! Saute for 5-7 minutes and let sit.


In your gravy pan add your cream, salt, pepper, milk, water and beef bouillon ( or if you substituted the water for beef broth).


Little bits of chopped parsley!IMG_3763

Now its time to add your balls, and mushroom mixture! Cook down for about 30 minutes!IMG_3764 IMG_3768

You can serve over egg noodles like I did! Or, have with rice or potatoes…BUT I recommend wide egg noodles!! Yummy!! Its that easy!!



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