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Sage Swedish Meatballs
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8
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Sage Swedish Meatballs

A savory, comfort food dish fit for a Viking. Or anyone who loves a good meatball.



pounds ground beef
pound ground pork
cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
teaspoons ground allspice
cup half-and-half
tablespoons minced fresh sage
Salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable oil, for brushing


tablespoons unsalted butter
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
cups beef stock
cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh minced sage, for topping
Lingonberry jam, for serving (optional)


  • 1 Using a large spoon or your hands, thoroughly combine meatball ingredients in a large bowl.
  • 2 Roll meatball mixture into 1 to 1 1/2-inch balls (about 60 meatballs total) and space meatballs evenly on baking sheets lightly brushed with vegetable oil.
  • 3 Cover meatballs and place baking sheets in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to chill.
  • 4 Preheat oven to 375°F. Uncover chilled meatballs and bake 30-35 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • 5 Meanwhile, make the gravy: In a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat, add butter and flour and whisk until a smooth paste forms. Pour in beef stock and bring to a simmer.
  • 6 Whisk in sour cream and add half the meatballs. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 10 minutes. Remove meatballs and replace with remaining half; cook another 5 minutes or until gravy thickens.
  • 7 Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Season gravy with salt and pepper to taste and pour over meatballs. Top servings of meatballs with fresh minced sage and a dollop of lingonberry jam on the side, if desired.
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