Swedish Meatballs and Egg Noodles
This sweet and savory Swedish meatball recipe works well for entertaining with the meatballs served on their own with toothpicks, and is a guaranteed winner for dinner served over the egg noodles.
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 small white onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 1/2 cups veal stock or chicken and beef stock combined
- 3/4 pound ground pork
- 3/4 pound ground veal
- 1 egg
- 2 slices white bread, torn, soaked briefly in about 1/4 cup milk and squeezed of excess liquid
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- 5 crispy gingersnap cookies, ground up in a food processor
- 2 tablespoons currant, lingonberry or grape jelly
- 2-3 tablespoons crème fraiche or sour cream
- 1 pound wide egg noodles
- 1/4 cup combined chives and fresh dill, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cornichons or baby gherkins, finely chopped
- Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring it up to a boil.
- Place a large pan over medium-high heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the onion to the pan and cook until the onion is very tender, 5-6 minutes. Remove half of the onion and cool. Over the onion in the pan, sprinkle the flour, stirring to incorporate, and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk the stock into the pan and bring up to a bubble. Let thicken to a loose gravy. Reduce the heat to low and simmer while you prepare the meatballs.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the cooled onion, ground meats, egg, milk-soaked bread, salt, pepper, allspice, nutmeg and parsley. Using a small scoop or spoons, roll the meat mixture into walnut-sized balls.
- Drop the meatballs into the pan of simmering gravy; increase the heat to medium and simmer the meatballs in the gravy, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir the ground ginger snaps into the gravy and add the jelly, to taste, for sweetness and balance.
- Salt the boiling water and cook the noodles to tender. Drain, then toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, salt and the chopped chives and dill.
- Remove the meatballs from the heat and stir in the crème fraiche.
- Serve the meatballs and gravy over the herbed egg noodles garnished with cornichons.