Apr 29, 2020

Ikea Reveals At-Home Recipe for Their Signature Meatballs

With Ikea stores (and the restaurants inside them) temporarily closed across the US, their Swedish meatballs are now largely unobtainable unless you have some frozen ones previously stocked in the fridge. In light of that, Ikea revealed a recipe for "Ikea Meatballs at Home," or at least their UK branch did.

Here's the recipe (with my notes in brackets):

Ingredients - meatballs
- 500g beef mince ["beef mince" is "ground beef" here in the US]
- 250g pork mince
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic (chopped or minced)
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 5 tablespoons of whole milk
- generous salt and pepper

Ingredients - cream sauce
- dash of oil
- 40g of butter
- 40g of plain flour [all-purpose flour]
- 150ml of vegetable stock
- 150ml of beef stock
- 150ml of thick double cream [heavy cream is the closest we have but double cream is even creamier than that]
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

[Instructions for meatballs]
- Combine beef and pork mince and mix with your fingers to break up any lumps.
- Add finely-chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, and mix.
- Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
- Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in fridge for 2 hours (this will help them hold their shape whilst cooking).
- In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
- When browned, add to an oven-proof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C conventional or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.

[Instructions for Swedish cream sauce]
- Melt 40g of butter in a pan.
- Whisk in 40g of plain flour and stir for 2 minutes.
- Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir.
- Add 150ml of double cream, 2 tsp of soy sauce, and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard.
- Bring to a simmer and allow sauce to thicken.

When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes -- ether creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

Photo via Ikea.

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