Friday Food : Swedish Meatballs Revisited

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Last weekend my family held a belated birthday celebration in my honor. Basically we went out to eat then wandered around stores of my choosing. One of those stores was a furniture place (La-Z Boy) as I am a huge fan even if I only own one recliner from them at the moment. They were the first piece of furniture I bought for myself…hmm the only so far? Thanks for the gifts family!

When we were walking to the store, the thought stuck me I have never been to the famous IKEA. Not that I can afford their stuff or that I’m honestly looking (I simply want to find the perfect L-couch aka sectional and then fall into a deep depression when I can’t buy it). As I’ve never been to IKEA I don’t know anything about it, but I do know people for whatever reason talk about Swedish Meatballs when they talk about that place. Can anyone tell me why? Or was it some weird coincidence in my area?

As a child I LOVED Swedish Meatballs, but as an adult I am all too aware how not exactly good for you they can be. This recipe revisits the small lil balls of gooey happiness and presents a dish some may not feel as guilty about eating or serving.

Swedish Meatballs

What you will need:


  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


  • 1 can (15 oz) broth (chicken or turkey)
  • 2 cans (12-oz) evaporated skim milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Process the chickpeas until they are finely chopped, but not smooth
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the ground turkey breast, chickpeas, egg, salt and pepper. Roll into balls, approximately 1 tablespoon in size
  3. Heat oil and garlic in a large skillet and add meatballs. Brown on all sides. Remove and set aside
  4. Add broth to the skillet and bring to a boil. In the meantime combine the milk and flour until all flour is dissolved.
  5. Add milk and flour mixture to the broth, reduce heat and stir until thickened
  6. Remove from heat, add spices before adding meatballs and returning to heat and cooking until fully heated/cooked.
  7. Serve over rice or pasta and enjoy!

Comments and Photos:

I loved the idea of using ground turkey breast instead of beef, I am on such a TB kick lately and I had some in my freezer!

Using spices really adds some kick to your food.

I was also thrilled with the idea of using rice instead of noodles. Egg noodles were always the downfall of this dish. IMHO. I never could get into their flavor and other whole wheat noodles are just starting to be more widely available in my area. The rice is a great way not to let the sauce go to waste.

OMG does it take forever for it to thicken, but it’s well worth the wait.

9 thoughts on “Friday Food : Swedish Meatballs Revisited

    • Hmm I don’t know, I use them so often I don’t notice the flavor change, but teens can be sneaky. Give him extra sauce? Ha.

      • Maybe if I puree them? And, is there any trick to adding the milk/flour to prevent clumping? I have issues with macaroni and cheese, but then I think it’s the cheese that makes it clot. I am going to make this today!

        • I put the flour and milk in my blender (I can remove the blade so then it’s like a jar…use a jar w/ a lid if you have it) and shook to blend everything so I didn’t have clumps. Then when I added it to the broth I just kept stirring for what felt like forever. Hopefully it wasn’t just luck, but mine did not get clumpy.

          Another thing I might add it to make them smaller so the sauce to meat ration is different that should help cover the flavor difference. I thought about it and yes it does taste different from the original, but personally I still liked it.

  1. I love the chickpea addition! Yummy. We are now within 10 minutes of an IKEA, although I don’t get there often. It takes 2 hours to walk through that store. But it’s actually very affordable, one of the reasons it’s so popular! The downside is, not a lot of hard wood so products aren’t gonna last forever.

    • Oh boo and lack of wood. Most of my furniture is wood based so I fear things wouldn’t blend in and match with my already established look.

    • My supervisor finally caught on to my cluelessness of IKEA and told me they have a restaurant inside the store. Which explains why people are always raving about the food. Mystery finally solved. I had NO IDEA how people were eating meatballs, walking around and looking at furniture. It was quite the mental image

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