Swedish “Ikea” Meatballs with Creamy Gravy

Ingredients (serves 4-6 people)

For the meatballs:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 500-600g mince (beef, pork or a mix of both)
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml milk or single cream
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

For the sauce:

  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 100ml white wine
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 2tbsp single cream

Serve with creamy mash and lingonberry jam or redcurrant jelly


  • Preheat oven to 200C/180C Fan
  • Add all the meatball ingredients to a large bowl or mixer and mix until combined.
  • Roll meatballs about the size of golf balls and place on a baking tray. Cook for around 20 mins or until browned
  • Once the balls are in the oven, get your mash going. Peel and boil your potatoes.
  • Now for the sauce. Add the butter to a large frying pan (make sure it will hold the meatballs later) and once it melts, add the flour. Mix together to make a roux and stir for a few minutes.
  • Add the white wine and whisk vigorously until it’s all incorporated.
  • Gradually add the beef stock, mixing along the way to avoid lumps.
  • Let the sauce thicken up on a low heat and then add the cream and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5-10mins while you mash up your potatoes.