Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas recipes: Swedish meatballs

Christmas meatballs / Vürtsikad lihapallid

Serving meatballs at a Christmas table is NOT an Estonian tradition, but it's something I've borrowed from our Swedish neighbours across the sea. They're especially popular with kids (though adults aren't far behind), and as they can be served hot or cold, they're excellent for buffet table. I love them with a generous grating of nutmeg, but you could also use cinnamon, allspice, juniper berries, cumin. Anne of Anne's Food uses white pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom AND allspice, for example.

This recipe was also included in my latest cookbook, Jõulud kodus ("Christmas at Home"), published in Estonian in November 2011.

Swedish meatballs
(Vürtsikad lihapallid)
Serves four or many more, depending on what else is on the table

Swedish meatballs / Vürstikad lihapallid

400 g minced meat
2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp potato starch or cornflour
1 large egg
1 tsp salt
0.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
150 ml milk (10 Tbsp)
a generous grating of nutmeg

butter, for frying

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, then form into small meatballs (it's easier to do with wet or oiled hands).

Now you've got three ways to proceed (my preference goes for the last one):

1) Melt some butter on a frying pan, brown the meatballs on all sides, then cover the pan with a lid, reduce heat and cook until done.
2) Melt some butter on a frying pan, brown the meatballs on all sides. Transfer the meatballs onto a small tray and finish cooking them in a pre-heated 200 C/400 F oven.
3) Brush a baking sheet with some melted butter or oil, spread meatballs evenly on top. Bake in a pre-heated 220 c/450 F oven for about 15 minutes, until cooked inside and lovely dark golden brown outside.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


ChichaJo said...

I love Swedish style meatballs! Thanks for sharing your recipe Pille and wishing you a wonderful holiday season ahead :)

thai food said...

actuly i never eat this kind of thai food anywhere this is very testy and healthy.

Jeff @ said...

This recipe would come in handy this holiday season. Thanks for sharing.

Pille said...

Joey - thank you! Which spices do you use for the meatballs usually?

Jeff - you're welcome!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pille! For the Swedish meatball recipe I have we use allspice...suggestions welcome of course :)