I haven’t been cooking for quite awhile since I was sick these past few weeks. Now that I’m recovering well, and it was a Sunday, a free weekend for me, I figured I should whoop up something.
I asked my brother what he wants, and he wanted Swedish Meatballs. Of course the easiest way is to just drive to Ikea and get ’em, but it’s a Sunday. It’s gonna be filled with so many humans! I’d like to avoid the crowd sometimes. So, I cooked.
The Ikea version of Swedish Meatballs has meatballs (duh), boiled potatoes or potato fries, Swedish cream gravy and lingonberry jam. Well, my version is a bit different. I changed and tweaked here and there. The meatballs have some Italian essence to it, because I like mine Italian-ish. My brother requested the potatoes to be mashed instead, so his wish came true and mine has no berry jam added to it. I have never made the Swedish cream gravy before and when I tried according to its recipe, I realised i had to changed it a bit and it taste awesome.
You should try it one day! (:
FUSION SWEDISH MEATBALLS AND MASHED POTATOES
3 tbsp fine white breadcrumbs (add a little milk, to soak)
400g Minced beef
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
½ bunch Flat leaf parsley
2-3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp Italian Herbs
1 tsp Oregano
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 pieces Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut to small pieces
1 tbsp Butter
½ cup Milk
1 tbsp Parsley, chopped
½ tsp Italian Herb
½ tsp Oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Swedish Cream Sauce:
½ cup Beef stock
1 cup Cream
1 tsp Chinese soy
1 tsp White pepper
1 tsp Flour
- Heat the oven at 180°C/350°F.
- Mix well all ingredients, using you hands, thoroughly.
- Shape the mixture into balls, the size of walnut, or up to your own preference. It makes about 18 – 20 meatballs.
- Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry the meatballs till golden brown on all surfaces.
- Put the meatballs in a baking tin and bake it for about 15 minutes.
- Boil the potatoes till soft.
- Melt the butter in a pan. Put in the boiled potatoes and mash it well.
- Mix in milk, chopped parsley, herbs and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
Swedish Cream Sauce:
- Warm up your saucepan and put in the beef stock till it simmered.
- Add in the cream and thicken with the flour, if preferred.
- Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the meatballs with the sauce and the mashed potatoes at the side. Enjoy it with salad of your choice, if preferred.