Köttbular (Swedish Meatballs) and Customized Hot Food Display Cases

Long before I knew Ikea’s famous dish Köttbular can be bought from their food section, I used to make them at home. But now, it’s more convenient since a pack of 50-60 pieces meatballs, 2 packs of ready-mix sauce and a jar of lingonberry jam costs 8,90Euro (reduced from 12). I remember the first time I bought it, another Ate (older sister) M bought a set and gave me some of the meatballs which I served with potato and the lingonberry jam I still have at home.

Here is an old recipe I got somewhere and has been following when I hadn’t  known yet that Köttbular can be bought from Ikea.


Köttbular Recipe


Köttbular (Swedish Meatballs) and Customized Hot Food Display Cases
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Ingredients for Köttbular

8 oz. ground beef
8 oz. ground pork
1 egg
3/4-1 1/4 c milk
2 1/2 Tbsp onion, finely chopped
1/4 c fine breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
2 cold boiled potatoes
4-5 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp allspice



In a skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter, heat until melted and browned, be careful not to burn. Add onion to skillet, saute until golden.

Mash potatoes. (I just boiled mine and sprinkled with salt….parsley would be a good addition.)

To the bread crumbs, add 2 Tbsp milk to moisten.

In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg. Add onion, mashed potatoes, and moistened breadcrumbs. Add spices (salt, pepper, allspice). Add remaining milk a little at a time; stop before the mixture gets gloppy. If the meat mixture gets too gooey to form nice, neat meatballs, add more breadcrumbs.

Use a pair of spoons rinsed in water and shape the meat mixture into small round balls.

In a large skillet, heat remaining butter over medium heat. Add meatballs to skillet, being careful not to crowd the pan. Shake periodically so that the meatballs don’t develop flat spots. Cook until meatballs are done through.

Serve with mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes, cream sauce for Köttbular or gravy and a dollop of lingonberry jam.

While this dish is mostly one I cook home, it’s an easy meal to add to a menu for those considering a restaurant business or a small to-go eating shop. This is definitely on my menu if I ever would be confident enough to open a food store. 🙂

While we use particular trays and food containers at home, it is quite different when business is involved. Making the decision to begin offering hot food choices to the public requires adequate space and the right hot food display equipment. You can find units that are both attractive and easy for most of your employees to operate. Here are some of the equipment you can choose from:

Pre-Packaged Foods Warmer

Keeping packaged foods warm and ready to eat for your customers is a great way to increase the revenues at your business. It’s perfect for packaged sandwiches, boxed chicken, other meat dishes, or packaged meals. You can have it designed as an open floor unit or end cap display. Fit as little or as much food as you need.

Pan Warmer Units

Whether you are looking for a self-service buffet-style pan food warmer, or one to scoop out servings to customers on request, a hot food pan warmer unit allows you to provide fresh, hot food to customers every day. It provides a flexible way to offer hot foods to the public.

saucers, saucepans, home display

Combination Units

You can also choose units that have space for warming pre-packaged items and the capability to keep pan foods the right temperature. Control the amount of food you offer by purchasing a size that is just right for your business. You can use one side or both at one time.

Dependable Temperature Stability and Easy to Clean and Sanitize

All hot foods have to be kept a certain temperature for safe food handling. Each unit is easy to monitor and set to the needed temperature for all types of foods. Any spills are easy to clean and the unit is a breeze to break down and sanitize at the end of the business day.

Hot foods are a big attraction for most people no matter whether you are a small c-store or full-line grocery store. You have the potential to dramatically increase your revenues using hot food display equipment that’s easy to care for and operate.

Customized Hot Food Display Cases