Swedish Meatballs

You'd think that these delightful favorites made incredibly popular by IKEA are actually Swedish. Actually, these delights originated from Turkey and are part of both traditional and holiday meals. We present our recteq version of Swedish Meatballs, with a touch of smoke and Colden's Freakin' Greek Rub. 


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Colden's Freakin' Greek Rub
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 16 ounces beef broth
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ounce brandy


  1. Pre-heat recteq to 425°F with a cast-iron pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine the beef, bread crumbs, parsley, spices and egg, then mix well.
  3. Shape into golf ball sized meatballs.
  4. Add the oil to the cast-iron pan and sear meatballs until golden on all sides (4-5 minutes).
  5. Add the meatballs to a grill mat next to the cast-iron pan.
  6. Add the butter and flour to the pan to form a roux (1-2 minutes).  
  7. Add the beef stock, cream, Worcestershire, mustard, and brandy to the pan and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  8. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

Serving Suggestion:

Your family will love these Swedish Meatballs served over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.