IKEA’s iconic Swedish meatball recipe has been released to the public and we’re thinking quarantine just got a whole lot better. Read on to learn how to make the furniture store’s most famous food.

One of the only rewarding things about visiting IKEA in person is the meatballs—a well-known fact. Right now, visiting any home furnishings store IRL, including IKEA, is out of the question, but you could replicate the experience by going through the IKEA inventory online, arguing vigorously with your partner, and settling on a coffee table that neither of you likes. Even better, IKEA has released its iconic Swedish meatball recipe for the first time ever, so you can make some at home and (hopefully) take the edge off

Cookware CornerThe 10 Best Dutch Ovens of 2020It turns out these delicious little Swedish-style beef meatballs with mustard cream sauce require no fancy or hard-to-find ingredients and are easier to assemble than a BJÖRKSNÄS Nightstand (just six steps). If you have some ground beef in the fridge or freezer, there’s a good chance you’ve got everything else—cream, mustard, stock, soy sauce, and a few others—to whip up a batch. 

When asked about why they did it now, a spokesperson for the Swedish furniture chain said, “we wanted to do something that would help bring a smile to people’s faces, and given how much customers love our meatballs, we thought to release our recipe so people can have a go creating their own…”

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IKEA has even visualized the process with fun step-by-step illustrations, just like its furniture. Find the complete recipe and directions for IKEA’s famous meatballs below. Serve them over mashed potatoes or egg noodles, or just spear them with toothpicks while watching the latest season of _____ on Netflix.

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IKEA Swedish Meatballs

Makes: 16-20
Ingredients
  • FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 3.5 oz. breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp of whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • FOR THE CREAM SAUCE:
  • Dash of oil
  • 1.4 oz. butter
  • 1.4 oz. plain flour
  • 5 oz. vegetable stock
  • 5 oz. beef stock
  • 5 oz. thick double cream
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  2. Combine the beef and the pork mince and mix all of it thoroughly to break up any lumps.
  3. Add chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix.
  4. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Shape the mixture into small, round balls.
  6. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours. This helps them hold their shape while cooking.
  7. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.
  8. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover.
  9. Place in a hot oven, 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  10. FOR THE CREAM SAUCE:
  11. Melt the butter in a frying pan.
  12. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes.
  13. Add the vegetable stock and beef stock and continue to stir.
  14. Add the thick double cream, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard.
  15. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  16. When ready to eat, serve with potatoes or cooked egg noodles.

Watch our video producer Olivia make them at home:

Header image courtesy of IKEA.

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