Us Aussies love Ikea - unfortunately it's only in a few capital cities here in Australia but fortunately it's not that far from us. I find it nearly impossible not to spend more than I budgeted, and my hubby now says when we do walk through the doors of the store: 'Remember if you buy it, you're putting it together'.
It doesn't stop me from batting my eyelashes when we return home though! Nothing like being optimistic.
Anyways, if you haven't been to ikea, they sell food also - and the frozen swedish meatballs are fantastic. I used to say I would go there for the meatballs alone, but since discovering this recipe, I no longer need to make the trip! I can make them at home for at least half the price!
The meatball mix I made below, makes my family two meals - roughly 60 meatballs. These freeze well so I figured why not make two lots... I'd also use this quantity if serving them as canapes. you could serve it with the sauce as a dipping sauce.
500 grams beef mince
500 grams pork mince
3 potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 cup breadcrumbs, lightly toasted (or make breadcrumbs from toast!)
3/4 cup cream
salt and pepper
1tsp beef stock powder
splash of soy sauce
2 tb cornflour
Mix all meatball ingredients together in bowl. Mix thoroughly at first with a spoon, then when liquid is evenly distributed, mix it up with your hands!
Heat about 3 tb butter in a frypan, when hot, add walnut-sized meatballs and fry for about 2-3 minutes and turn over gently. Transfer to baking tray, add butter to frypan as required, and repeat until all done!
Then make your sauce!
Basically combine water, cream, stock powder, soy sauce and pepper, sprinkle cornflour on top and whisk over medium heat until smooth
Allow to simmer and thicken.
Pour over your meatballs, or in bowl to dip if serving as canapes
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