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My Mom made Swedish Meatballs as an entree with buttered egg noodles when I was growing up and I love them to this day! I’ve tweaked on the sauce from her recipe just a tad and have come up with our favorite sauce. I often make them as an appetizer and serve them right in the crock pot without the noodles. Great for a holiday or party.

And if you don’t want to take the time to make the meatballs from scratch, it’s ok to buy them frozen. Just put the frozen meatballs in the crock and pour the sauce over them and let them cook for several hours on low.

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Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour and 10 Minutes
Servings: 72 meatballs


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 lb. (90% lean) ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground veal
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups sour cream, or non-fat Greek yogurt



  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 8-10 minutes, or until onions are soft and transparent. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl combine beef, veal, pork, bread crumbs, beaten eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add onions and mix well. Shape into walnut-sized balls; set aside.

  4. Preheat oven to 200°F. Reheat skillet over medium-high heat. Add a portion of the meatballs at a time; do not crowd the pan. Cook about 8 minutes, shaking the pan to allow meatballs to roll and brown evenly. Repeat until all meatballs are cooked. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to covered casserole dish and keep warm in oven.

  5. SAUCE:

  6. Make sauce while meatballs are in their 15-20 minute cooking process, or while keeping warm in the oven.

  7. Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Whisk in the flour, and cook for a couple minutes until hot and bubbly. Combine milk, half-and-half, egg yolk an salt in a small bowl and slowly stir into flour mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook and stir for 3 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in sour cream and heat through. Pour sauce over meatballs. Serve immediately. Or you can place the meatballs and sauce in a crockpot and cook on low. They are also great served over cooked egg noodles.

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