My grandmother, "Gim" was the only child born to a couple of Swedish immigrants (who met on the boat dock prior to the journey from Sweden to the U.S.) When she married my grandfather "Benny," another Swede, she married into a large extended family as he was one of 9 children. The traditional Swedish Christmas Eve Smorgasbord that I mentioned in my post the other day was a huge affair among the Bensons.
Some of my earliest memories of the festivities include many strange foods that did not sit well on a child's pallet and doting great aunts whose names I usually confused, hugging and loving my brother and me. Because we lived in the Midwest, it was not often that we were able to enjoy the celebrations with the whole extended family. Many years my grandparents would come to visit for the holidays and my grandmother would lovingly re-create the smorgasbord in a way that we could enjoy. My personal favorite was her Swedish meatballs. Just as with any traditional recipe there are an abundance of variations, call me sentimental, but I love these more than any I have tasted. I am sharing the recipe with you today as I am off to make them for my own Christmas Eve Smorgasbord. Let me know what you think if you make them....(yes Charlotte, I mean you!!!)
Gim’s Swedish Meatballs
1 lb. ground beef, twice ground
¼ lb. ground pork, twice ground
½ C bread crumbs
½ C mashed potatoes
¾ C evaporated milk
1 TBSP grated onion
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
½ tsp ground allspice
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Roll into small balls (about 1” in diameter.)
Bake at 350 degrees on a foil lined baking sheet for about 10 minutes, watch carefully.
Makes about 30 meatballs
For meat, ask to have chuck beef ground twice with a fat pork chop.
Be careful with the allspice.