Swedish Cardamom Meatballs

Swedish Cardamom Meatballs


"A Swedish friend passed on this rich and satisfying dish to me."


1 h 30 m servings 666 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 666 kcal
  • 33%
  • Fat:
  • 51 g
  • 78%
  • Carbs:
  • 33g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 19.7 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 202 mg
  • 67%
  • Sodium:
  • 639 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In large mixing bowl, soak bread crumbs in milk for 5 minutes. Mix in meat, eggs, and chopped onions. Season with cardamom and salt and pepper to taste. Roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch meatballs.
  2. Saute meatballs in 1/4 cup butter for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. In a separate skillet, saute sliced onions with 1/4 cup butter and sugar until caramelized, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Remove mixtures (the meatballs and the onions) from both pans, and place on separate plates. Deglaze both saute pans with the remaining 1/2 cup butter and beef broth, scraping up the browned bits. Cook over high heat for 1 minute.
  5. Place the contents of both saute pans into one large pot, and stir in the cream and onions. Season with gravy maker seasoning, monosodium glutamate, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a simmer. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water; whisk the slurry into the cream sauce. Add meatballs, and simmer approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
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  1. 24 Ratings


These are really good. I omitted the MSG and substituted homo milk for heavy cream. I used lean ground beef and fried them without butter. These changes made the dish healthier and from famil...

This is great recipe - it is very time consuming but I only make it once a year, for Christmas Eve. Actually, I make them ahead of time - the meatballs freeze beautifully. Then I just have to ...

I've made this about 4 times now and has become a tradition at Christmas as we serve mostly Swedish dishes. Time consuming, but worth it. It's nice to see a traditional Swedish dish made with ...

MSG??? Both parents born in Sweden and Mom never put onions in anything she called Swedish. American (yeah I'm one too) are onion crazy. At least this one's got the cardamom in it. For me - No o...

There is no question in my mind that 1/2 cup sugar is a typo error,try 1T or less. I used only 1/2 cup butter in the total recipe and used 2 cans evaporated skim milk instead of cream. Also, add...

Meatballs are WONDERFUL!!! The sauce, however, is a bit sweet to our tastes. I'd cut the sugar down in half, even by 2/3. Otherwise, I received many compliments when I served them as an appetiz...

OK, this one is a ton of work-took me a couple hours to get everything together, but it was so rich and satisying, it was worth it! The sauce was awesome over hot cooked egg noodles, plus it ma...

Very good, but if using fresh ground cardamon, cut it in half.

My hubby and I loved this! I took the advice of an early post and cut back on the sugar and also left out the MSG, but otherwise stuck closely to the original recipe. My kids preferred the mea...