Friday, May 3, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

I have been making Swedish Meatballs for awhile, ever since a trip to IKEA where Mr. LH and The Boy were found hovering around the meatball samples.

This recipe for Swedish Meatballs is easy and tasty. I was able to make 36 meatballs (about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4″ size). They are usually served with a sour cream sauce over noodles. There were no ingredients or directions on the original recipe card for a sauce so I have included the sour cream sauce recipe that I have always used.

This recipe was handwritten on yellow construction paper and cut to the size of an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown.

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The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.

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Yield: Approximately 36 Meatballs (1 1/2" Diameter)Pin it

Swedish Meatballs


  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef, lean
  • 1 lb. Ground Pork, lean
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 Onion, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 shake Allspice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Sour Cream Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp. Paprika
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 4 cups Water, hot
  • 1 1/2 cups Sour Cream


  1. Combine all meatball ingredients.
  2. Roll into balls (approximately 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" diameter)
  3. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until done.
Sour Cream Sauce
  1. In a saucepan, combine flour, oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth and heat until bubbling.
  2. Add hot water and mix together quickly.
  3. Stir in sour cream. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour over cooked meatballs and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve over prepared egg noodles or rice.


The meatball recipe is from a vintage handwritten recipe card. The sour cream sauce recipe was adapted from the sauce portion of the Amazing Swedish Meatball recipe on
Created using The Recipes Generator

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