Swedish Meatballs w/ Creamy Gravy

It’s Friday! Hooray! Yesterday Nick and I celebrated our 4-year anniversary. It seems each year our celebration gets more and more low key. I remember the first Valentine’s Day we spent together. It was actually our 2nd Valentine’s Day together, but he had been deployed for our first Anniversary and our first Valentine’s Day. He bought me 3 dozen roses, made a reservation at a cool little place in Williamsport, and at the restaurant he had 2 dozen roses spread out all over our reserved table and an awesome poem that he created for me. It really made my heart smile!

I’m pretty sure he would have forgotten Valentine’s Day this year if I didn’t remind him every day for a week not to forget. He picked up roses on his way home and we had leftovers for dinner.

My have times changed.

I have to give the guy some credit. He’s been working ridiculous hours for months, but it has paid off. He’s gotten a promotion and a raise; and, he hasn’t even been at this position for a year yet. Holy cow.

He’s such a great guy that I don’t blame him for our slump this year. He really has a lot on his plate and I don’t make life any easier.

I am constantly reminding him that we are not married.

His coworkers are constantly reminding him that he has not proposed to me. I mean, I have not even met most of his coworkers and they already want to know what the deal is with the non-proposal.

When we were living in Arizona, I met some of his coworkers at a Christmas party. They could not believe that we were dating.

I don’t know why.

But after meeting me they relentlessly harassed Nick about popping the question. I think it’s kind of funny that all of these people care so much about him proposing to me.
Is it some sort of social norm?

Anyway, the point is we had a low key night last night. Nick left work at a more reasonable time than he usually does. So while he was working out, I decided to make a fabulous dinner. I figured going out was not in the cards {which was fine with me}, but I wanted to make something special.

Nick and I really love eating Swedish Meatballs from Ikea when we visit the massive warehouse. So I thought I would give homemade Swedish Meatballs a try.

They were a hit.

Thank goodness

Nutritional Information:
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 5 meatballs + ¼ cup gravy
Calories: 245
Fat: 11.9 g
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Fiber: .16 g
Protein: 18.2 g
Points+: 5

Ingredients for Meatballs:

Recipe Adapted from Alton Brown 

  • 2 slices fresh white bread
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup onion {packed full}, small dice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

Ingredients for Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup half & half

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F
  • Tear the bread into pieces and place in a small mixing bowl along with the milk
  • Set aside
  • In a sauté pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoons butter. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and sweat until the onions are soft.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the bread and milk mixture, ground beef, pork, egg yolks, 1 teaspoon salt, black pepper, allspice, and onions
  • Beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Roll out your meatballs and place on a sheet pan. Try to make all of the meatballs the same size.
  • Heat the remaining butter in the sauté pan over medium low heat
  • Add the meatballs and sauté until golden brown on all sides, about 7 to 10 minutes
  • Remove the meatballs to an ovenproof dish and place in the warmed oven.
  • Repeat until all of the meatballs are done
  • Once all of the meatballs are cooked, decrease the heat to low and add the flour to the pan
  • Whisk until lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes
  • Gradually add the beef stock and whisk until sauce begins to thicken
  • Increase the heat to medium
  • Add the half & half and continue to cook until the gravy reaches the desired consistency
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven, cover with the gravy and SERVE!

These babies are delicious. It takes some time up front, but it was well worth it. I made some mashed potatoes and a delicious cranberry sauce to go with it. You’ll see my new version of the sauce on Monday. It was FABULOUS and tart.
Give these meatballs a try this weekend you will thank me later

Until Next time,

Happy Cooking

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