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Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Jam

Köttbullar

The Swedes enjoy their fair share of smoked fish, but we opted for a classic dish for our first meal of 2016. Every country seems to have their own version of meat in some sort of spherical shape. Having never actually had a swedish meatball (not even IKEA’s!), we decided to give it a whirl.

The Dish

Swedish Meatballs (or köttbullar) with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Lingonberry jam (purchased at Fika in Manhattan).

There are so many varieties of these little nuggets and everyone seems to have their own opinion of how these should be made and what should be included. After scouring the webs for the perfect ball recipe, I settled on a slight variation of this recipe. Sweden.se sounded as official as I could get…

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Sizzle baby, sizzle

The Verdict

These baby meatballs were tender and juicy, but wow was the gravy a bust (in fairness though, the gravy wasn’t a Swedish recipe).

As for the lingonberries? E liked the lingonberries as it reminded her of cranberries during Thanksgiving dinner, but S was less enthused as he likes to keep his savories separate from his sweets. Both S and E still have no idea what a lingonberry actually is.

M was offered some meatballs but declined, in favor of her usual whitefish and gravy.

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Pass the ligonberry!
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