David's Favorite Recipes

Swedish Meatballs With
Buttered Egg Noodles

SERVES 6 TO 8; MAKES 30 TO 40 MEATBALLS

Directions - Meatballs

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the Panko, milk, cream, egg, allspice, salt, and pepper. After a few minutes, add the beef, pork, onion, and parsley; mix thoroughly. Using a tablespoon and clean hands moistened with water, roll neat meatballs, setting them aside on a clean tray or platter.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Working in two or three batches to prevent overcrowding, fry the meatballs, browning them one side for a few minutes, then turning them over, reducing the heat, and finishing them, covered, until cooked through. Set aside in a clean bowl or tray covered with aluminum foil.

Directions - Sauce and Noodles

Bring a stockpot of salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile, to make the sauce, melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the onion, and sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour to make a roux and continue whisking for about 2 minutes. Whisk in the stocks and continue whisking a few minutes until smooth. Stir in the milk, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard, continuing to whisk until the sauce thickens. Stir in the cream and reduce the heat to a simmer.

Cook the noodles in the boiling water until al dente, tender but still slightly chewy, following the manufacturer’s suggested cooking time. Drain, return the noodles to the pot, and stir in the butter.

Divide the noodles among serving plates, spoon the meatballs and sauce alongside, and garnish with chopped parsley.

Nearly everyone loves meatballs, particularly with marinara sauce and spaghetti. Swedish meatballs, just as good, include their own distinctively different seasonings and are usually cooked in a creamy sauce and served over buttered noodles instead of pasta.

Ingredients - Meatballs

½ cup seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup milk
¼ cup heavy cream
1 large egg
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
1/3 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
4 teaspoons olive oil

Ingredients - Sauce and Noodles

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup beef stock or beef consommé
1 cup The Essential Homemade Chicken Stock (page 26), or good-quality canned chicken stock or broth
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup heavy cream
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound extra-wide dried egg noodles
¼ cup chopped parsley