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.
Ingredients for Köttbular
8 oz. ground beef
8 oz. ground pork
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. 🙂
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