Finnish Meatballs (Lihapyorykoita)

Finnish Meatballs (Lihapyorykoita)

GLehtimaki 8

"My family's favorite Finnish meal is these Lihapyorykoita (Finnish Meatballs) with Punajuuret (Beets), and Perunasose (Mashed Potatoes). Serve with cranberry sauce, I personally like a quarter of a pickle on the side."


50 m servings 747 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 747 kcal
  • 37%
  • Fat:
  • 52.6 g
  • 81%
  • Carbs:
  • 35.5g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 33.2 g
  • 66%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 243 mg
  • 81%
  • Sodium:
  • 1603 mg
  • 64%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, cream, salt, and allspice in a bowl with your hands until evenly mixed. Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized spheres.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook about half the meatballs in the melted butter until evenly browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes; remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs, keeping the liquid in the skillet when finished.
  3. Sift the flour into the skillet drippings; cook the flour in the skillet drippings until brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly stream the milk into the skillet while whisking vigorously; pour the cream into the mixture and stir until smooth. If you aren't good at making gravy and end up with some lumps you can pour the gravy through a strainer. Return all the meatballs to the skillet; stir to coat with the gravy. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
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  1. 69 Ratings


Dont you hate it when people rate a recipe with a low rating and they obviously didnt make the dish? If you think 1 cup of whipping cream is too much that is fine you dont have to make the dish....

My family like my leaner version of this. I used ground turkey and used evaporated milk where the recipe called for whipping cream. Also, added a little bit of canola oi/butter to wet my flour ...

Wonderful exactly as written. I was a little worried about the lack of seasoning in the sauce, but the drippings from the meatballs flavor it perfectly. I served over egg noodles.

HYVAA, just like when I was growing up. Very good recipe. Nothing needs to be added or changed

Very good as is I would not change a thing! The meatballs came out tender and moist with lots of flavor!

A delicious comfort food. Reminds me of Swedish meatballs, which I adore. As the previous reviewer said, this recipe tastes great exactly as written. Will make it again....and again...and aga...

As written, an instant family favorite--I second the other review that says nothing needs to be changed. The whole family (husband, children 3 and 1, and myself) wanted seconds. Tasty, economica...

To eliminate the cream and milk - brown the meatballs in olive oil - 1 tbsp. Remove them, then melt 1tbsp butter in pan, sprinkle on 2 tbsp flour & stir well. Cook for a couple of minutes, then...

Kiitos! Kiitoksia! Paljon kiitoksia! I could never remember everything that Aiti and my Mummu used - it was the ALLSPICE! EXCELLENT! This is down home cooking up north way! if I could give this...