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What makes our Swedish Meatball
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Ground Beef: To ensure meatballs without fat it’s best to opt for lean ground beef. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even consider a combination of ground beef and ground pork, for an added touch of richness.
Breadcrumbs: Acting as the binding agent in the meatballs breadcrumbs play a role in maintaining their shape. For a texture panko breadcrumbs work well while traditional breadcrumbs provide that comforting familiarity we all love.
Egg: The beaten egg plays a role in keeping the meatballs moist and well-bound. It’s what gives them that tender and succulent texture we crave.
Grated Onion: By grating the onion you not only add moisture. Also bring extra flavor to the meatballs. It’s a touch that enhances the taste experience.
Nutmeg and Garlic Powder: These spices are key to creating the flavor profile of meatballs. Nutmeg adds a hint of warmth while garlic powder brings in that savory note we all adore.
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper: Seasoning essentials! These pantry staples help bring out the flavors in both the meatballs and the creamy sauce.
Olive Oil: When it comes to browning your meatballs using olive oil lends a richness to the dish—enhancing its taste experience.
Beef Broth: For a savory foundation, for your creamy sauce it’s important to choose high-quality beef broth—an ingredient that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Heavy Cream: The addition of heavy cream brings a creaminess and richness, to the sauce making it velvety and indulgent.
Worcestershire Sauce: For an enhanced flavor profile Worcestershire sauce adds depth to the dish.
Egg Noodles: To ensure a texture and optimal sauce absorption choose egg noodles. Slightly undercooking them before baking prevents noodles from overcooking.
Swiss Cheese: A topping of cheese provides a gooey, layer, with its subtly nutty taste and melt-in-your-mouth qualities.
Fresh Parsley: Not only does chopped parsley add a burst of color. It also brings a refreshing element that balances out the richness of the dish.
Steps To Make Swedish Meatball
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375°F. Generously grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Set it aside for now.
Step 2: Let’s begin with the meatballs. In a bowl combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, grated onion, nutmeg, garlic powder, Kosher salt and black pepper. Mix everything until well blended. Now shape the mixture into meatballs that are 1 1/2 tablespoons, in size.
Step 3: Heat up some olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot and shimmering add the meatballs. Cook them until they’re nicely browned on all sides. Remember that they will finish cooking in the oven later on so no need to worry about cooking them at this stage. Once browned transfer the meatballs to a plate.
Step 4: While the meatballs work their magic bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the egg noodles for 2 minutes less than what’s recommended in the package instructions. We want them slightly undercooked as they will continue cooking in the oven
Step 5: In that skillet where you cooked your meatballs earlier pour in some beef broth along with cream and Worcestershire sauce. Scrape off all those bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Step 6: Start by letting the mixture simmer until it thickens slightly which usually takes 10 minutes. Give it a taste and season, with a pinch of salt and pepper adjusting to your liking.
Step 7: Now it’s time to put everything together. Spread the cooked egg noodles in your baking dish. Carefully place the meatballs among the noodles making sure they find their spots.
Step 8: Evenly pour the creamy sauce, over the noodles and meatballs. Now for the finale generously sprinkle grated Swiss cheese on top.
Step 9: Put the baking dish into your oven. Let it work its magic. After 20 minutes you’ll have melted and bubbly cheese that will be hard to resist.
Step 10: Out of the oven practice patience and let it rest for about 5 minutes. This short break allows all the flavors to come together and settle.
Step 11: To add a pop of color and freshness garnish your creation with chopped parsley. Serve it up. Enjoy every bite of this amazing Swedish Meatball
To add a dimension of flavor and complexity you might want to try sautéing the grated onion before incorporating it into the meatball mixture. By cooking the onion in an amount of butter or olive oil until it becomes tender and develops a slight caramelization you’ll enhance its natural sweetness and introduce a subtle richness, to your meatballs. This simple step only requires a few minutes. Can truly elevate the overall taste of your Swedish Meatball
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef for the meatballs?
Sure! Ground turkey works great as a substitute, for ground beef, in the meatballs. It adds a flavor that complements the dish beautifully.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can definitely prepare this recipe in advance. Make the meatballs. Sauce ahead of time assemble the casserole and pop it in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve just follow the baking instructions. Keep in mind that if it’s chilled you might need to adjust the baking time.
Can I freeze leftovers?
Yes you can freeze any leftovers from this dish. Just remember to store them in an airtight container to maintain freshness. To reheat simply let the casserole thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then warm it up in the oven until it’s nice and hot.
Swedish Meatball Noodle Bake
Experience a harmony of flavors with our Swedish Meatball Noodle Bake. Succulent meatballs, expertly seasoned take center stage alongside cooked egg noodles, all coated in a velvety combination of beef broth and cream complemented by the warmth of Worcestershire sauce. Generously topped with melted cheese each mouthful offers a medley of textures and flavors. This recipe flawlessly blends the comfort of American cuisine, with the zest of Swedish influence. Whether it’s a family dinner or a comforting weekday indulgence this dish captures the essence of coziness in every bite.
- Prep Time: 15 MINUTES
- Total Time: 20 MINUTES
- Yield: 6 1x
FOR THE MEATBALLS:
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 onion, grated
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. olive oil
FOR THE CASSEROLE:
1 cup beef broth
1 pint heavy cream
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 cups egg noodles
1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, grated
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped, for serving
First let’s start by preparing the meatballs. Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, grated onion, nutmeg, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in a mixing bowl. Shape them into meatballs that are 1 1/2 tablespoons, in size.
Next we’ll brown the meatballs. Heat some olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the meatballs until they are browned on all sides. Once done set them aside for now.
While the meatballs are browning let’s cook the noodles. Boil some egg noodles for a couple of minutes than what the package instructions recommend. Drain them. Set them aside for later.
Now it’s time to make the sauce. In that same skillet we used earlier add beef broth, heavy cream and Worcestershire sauce. Let everything simmer for 10 minutes until it slightly thickens up. Don’t forget to season it with salt and pepper to taste.
To assemble everything together; take a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the cooked noodles in it. Nestle those meatballs into the noodles.
Pour that sauce we made earlier over the noodles and meatballs. To add a layer of yumminess on top; sprinkle some grated Swiss cheese all over.
Pop your creation into an oven at 375°F. Bake it for approximately 20 minutes or until you see that lovely melted cheese with those enticing bubbles.
Out of the oven let it rest for 5 minutes before serving to allow all those flavors to settle in nicely together. Finally garnish your dish with some chopped parsley, as a finishing touch.
Now sit back. Savor this meal! Enjoy every bite!
To make a gluten-free rendition of this Swedish Meatball Noodle Bake be sure to use breadcrumbs that are certified gluten-free or try choices, like crushed gluten-free crackers or almond flour. When it comes to egg noodles select gluten-free options that can be located in grocery stores. It’s necessary to check all your seasonings, such as Worcestershire sauce and beef broth to make sure they are approved as gluten-free. By making these substitutions you can still enjoy the comforting flavors while adhering to your dietary preferences. Bon appétit!
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