Swedish Meatballs

“A recipe everyone should have in their cookbooks.” – April Ferre

Swedish Meatballs

Course: Main Courses – Beef
Cuisine: Swedish

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Soft Bread Crumbs (2 Slices Of Bread)
  • 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Cooking Oil
  • Minced Parsley For Garnish

Sour Cream Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Dash Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream Room Temperature

Instructions

Meatballs:

  • Blend ground beef, egg, and bread crumbs thoroughly with brown sugar, salt, pepper, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk. Form into 12 meatballs.
  • Fry in hot oil, about 1-inch deep, until fully cooked, turning only once. Drain on paper towels.
  • Prepare Sour Cream Sauce (below). Fold meatballs into sauce.
  • Spoon into a chafing dish, stainless steel or enamel pan. Heat gently to serving temperature.
  • Serve with boiled potatoes or hot noodles. Garnish with minced parsley. Makes 4 servings.

Sour Cream Sauce:

  • Pour all excess oil from fry pan. Add butter to brownings. Stir in flour and cook until bubbly.
  • Add broth, salt, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce; cook, stirring until thickened and bubbly.
  • Empty sour cream into a large bowl. Gradually add sauce, stirring constantly.

Variation:

  • Swedish Appetizers Meatballs: Form 50 one-inch diameter meatballs and fry. Serve in sauce from a chafing dish.

2002 Recipe – April Ferre – From Knudsen’s Cooking for Compliments, 1977

Swedish Tea Ring

“We use to make this during the holiday season and commonly served it with breakfast on Christmas morning.” – Calla Ferre

“This is one of my favorite to make for the fair. It’s got an old-fashioned feel and looks beautiful on the plate. It’s a bit tricky to keep the orange filling in, but the end results are definitely worth it.” – April Ferre

Swedish Tea Ring

Course: Coffee Cakes, Yeast Breads
Cuisine: Swedish

Ingredients

  • 1 Basic Bread Recipe
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter Soft
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Rind Grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Maraschino Cherries Sliced
  • Sliced Almonds

Instructions

  • Cream butter. Add orange juice and orange rind. Blend in confectioner's sugar until smooth.
  • Spread on dough as for cinnamon rolls, reserving some for frosting later. Roll, also as for cinnamon rolls. Place sealed edge down on lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Form a ring and pinch edges together. With scissors, make cuts 2/3 of the way through the ring at 1-inch intervals. Turn each section on its side. Let rise until doubled in size.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly and frost with reserved filling. Decorate with sliced maraschino cherries and sliced almonds.
  • You may also use a traditional cinnamon roll filling in this recipe, be creative!

Recipe – Calla Ferre – From Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook, 1956

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