Ikea knows that if there's one thing you miss more than coming in to grab multiple pieces of furniture that you'll have trouble assembling, it's their Swedish Meatballs.

Like most of us, hopefully you're trying to help out our local Rockford area restaurants as well as doing a bunch of in-home cooking, too.

For those who've used the stay-at-home guidelines to refine and perfect their culinary skills, there's been no shortage of companies that have published recipes for their fan-favorites so we can all enjoy those things at home while the lock-down continues. We've seen how-to instructions for McDonald's Egg McMuffin, Disney's Churros and Dole Whip, DoubleTree Cookies, and more.

Now, Ikea wants you to be able to make their famous Swedish meatballs and cream sauce.

Lorena Lourido, Country Food Manager at Ikea:

We know that some people might be missing our meatballs, which is why we’ve released an at-home alternative which, using easily accessible ingredients, will help those looking for some inspiration in the kitchen. Staying at home can be hard, but we want to help make everyone’s lives that little bit easier and more enjoyable. Bon appétit or, smaklig måltid, as we say in Sweden!

Here's how you do it:

INGREDIENTS – MEATBALLS

Makes 16 – 20

  •  500g beef mince
  •  250g pork mince
  •  1 onion finely chopped
  •  1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  •  100g breadcrumbs
  •  1 egg
  •  5 tablespoons of whole milk
  •  salt and pepper to taste

INGREDIENTS – ICONIC SWEDISH CREAM SAUCE

  •  dash of oil
  •  40g butter
  •  40g plain flour
  •  150ml vegetable stock
  •  150ml beef stock
  •  150ml thick double cream
  •  2 teaspoons soy sauce
  •  1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

METHOD

Meatballs

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

Swedish cream sauce

In frying pan, melt 40g of butter. Whisk in 40g of plain and continue cooking, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, allowing the flour to cook through. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150ml thick double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.

When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

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