IKEA releases iconic Swedish meatballs recipe

You can't shop for shelving, but you can make some Swedish meatballs

1y ago

What's the best thing about visiting IKEA? I'll give you a clue. It's not playing house in the demo kitchens. That's right, it's the meatballs. They're so good that many trek to the retail centres that lie on the outskirts of our towns and cities just to get a plateful.

But in the COVID-19 pandemic, meatball devotees have not been able to access their beloved Swedish lunch. Fortunately, IKEA has done the gracious thing and released the recipe.

Fittingly, it's been released in the classic IKEA flat pack graphics:

The meatballs are made of a mix of beef and pork mince, as is typical of Swedish meatball recipes, plus a few more basic store cupboard ingredients like milk, an onion, breadcrumbs and an egg.

And IKEA isn't willing to leave your meatballs high and dry. Oh no; they've released the delicious cream sauce too, and it's nice and simple to make. All you need is flour, butter, stock, cream, soy sauce and mustard. I should warn you that this recipe has had some mixed reviews, so make sure everything seems right before you go ahead on it. Perhaps reduce the cream quantity. I suppose IKEA instructions always do result in an end product that looks a little different than what it did in store, though.

IKEA is one of many companies releasing the recipes to previously secret concoctions. Maccies showed us their Sausage McMuffin recipe earlier in the lockdown, and Pret has revealed how it makes its cookies so darn good. There are also some Internet mavericks doing the work themselves: a man has finally cracked the 11 spices used in KFC's chicken, and John Torode has shown us how to make McDonald's Apple Pie.

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Comments (10)

  • Well here is an odd thing to look out for - yesterday my son read this news and asked me if I would cook these for him so I took the recipe off the British Ikea site but it doesn't make any sense! Watch out for this confusing one. It suggests we put 500g meat with 200ml of cream amongst other ingredients then form into balls. Of course, that would be impossible to do it would just be a liquid. Plus the cream sauce has so much flour in it you would taste nothing else. Your recipe looks OK I wonder why they have this unworkable one on the British site?

      1 year ago
  • Its nice they done that. I've never had them.

      1 year ago
  • Do they have horse meat?

      1 year ago
  • I was gonna mention this but you beat me to it.

    I was going to note how the recipe compares to traditional Sweedish Meatballs.

    Looking at the recipe that was given the one thing that stands out is garlic. Garlic is not a traditional ingredient instead they use nutmeg. For the cream sauce, soy sauce and dijon mustard are the odd ones out.

      1 year ago
  • I love IKEA swedish meatballs!

      1 year ago