IKEA releases iconic Swedish meatballs recipe
You can't shop for shelving, but you can make some Swedish meatballs
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.