Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grandma Johnson's Swedish Meatballs

1# ground beef
1/3# sausage
2 slices dried bread, crumbled
1 egg
1/2 onion chopped fine
1/4 c canned milk
2 t salt
1/2 t sage
1 t pepper

Mix all ingredients together, shape into meatballs (1/8 c size) and fry in butter on low heat.

Since I am not a fan of a lot of fat, I bake the meatballs in the oven in a 9x13 pan at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. If I remember correctly, I turn the meatballs over half way through the baking. Watch them carefully so they don't burn.

Prior to serving, heat them in a pan with some beef broth on the bottom.


Emily said...

My friend Tiffany lives in Saudi Arabia and used to live in Sweden. She was looking for a Swedish meatball recipe and I sent her this one.

There was only one problem, though. She said she's never seen a Swedish meatball recipe with sage & parsley.

So I called mom to see if we could figure it out. Beda Eleanora Gustaffson/Gustavson came from southern Sweden when she was 17 in 1906. I figure she would have known how to cook at that age back then. My first guesses would be that the sage/parsley was either a regional thing, or an addition that she made and passed down, or meatballs have evolved over the last 100 years.

Mom looked up a recipe of a neighbor lady from Sweden in the 1980s who had Saltines in hers & she said hers were "real."

Then she looked in a Swedish cookbook she has and it had some similarities/variations, too.

But basically they all had either Saltines/Breadcrumbs, light cream/milk/canned milk, veal/sausage/ground beef, egg/s, salt, pepper, onion.

So, I'd conclude that the sage & parsley was a bit of an anomaly, and that GGrandma J, probably just added them because she liked them.

Emily said...

Her additions are probably a reason why everyone said she was such a good cook!