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If you’re looking for the best Swedish meatballs and gravy recipe, you’ve come to the right place. This easy dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal, and it’s always a hit with family and friends. Plus, the gravy is simply delicious.

Do you love comfort food? Then you’re going to love this easy meatballs and gravy recipe. It’s perfect for a chilly winter evening, and it’s so easy to make that even novice cooks can handle it. Best of all, it’ll fill your kitchen with the warm and cozy aroma of home cooking. So, grab some meatballs and let’s get started

This is definitely one of our favorite recipes. Plus, it’s really easy to make.

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The Best Swedish Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

Baked Swedish Meatballs and Gravy – Dump and Go Recipe

Today, I baked this recipe and used frozen meatballs. Therefore, it was a fantastic dump and go recipe.

Just add the meatballs, make the gravy in a few minutes, pour the rich creamy gravy over the meatballs. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Making the Meatballs

As I mentioned, you could use frozen meatballs for this recipe. However, you can also make your own homemade meatball mixture. If you choose to make your own, here is my go-to recipe for the meat mixture.

This recipe will make enough meatballs for about 4 servings. Today, I made enough for 12 people, so you would need to triple the ingredients for 12 people.

  • one pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, breadcrumbs, milk, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.

Take the meatball mixture and make large or mini meatballs. I like to use a cookie scoop to help me form uniform meatballs. It seems for us that 1-inch or 2-inch balls are perfect for most recipes.

Brown the meatballs in a skillet that has melted butter or a bit of olive oil in the bottom to keep the meatballs mixture from sticking. Brown on all sides and continue to cook on low until cooked through; about 10 minutes total.

Time-Saving Tip. Make a double batch of meatballs. Make mini meatballs. Once browned and cooked through, cool to room temperature. Then place in a freezer bag and freeze. They will keep in the freezer up to 4 months. When you are ready to use, just add to the recipe.

Easy Swedish Meatball Appetizer

Making the Creamy Gravy

This recipe for creamy gravy is simple and straightforward, using ingredients that you probably have on hand.

1 Cup Heavy Cream

3 Tablespoons Cornstarch

2 Cups Water

2 Teaspoons Beef Bouillon I use Better than Beef Bouillon

In a small bowl, add the heavy cream and the corn starch and whisk until combined, set aside.

In a medium saucepan, heat the water and beef bouillon to boiling. If you have homemade beef broth, you can use that in place of the water and beef bouillon. Slowly add the cream mixture, whisking constantly until well combined. Generally, 1-2 minutes. The gravy will start to thicken. The gravy is ready to pour over the meatballs.

Baking Swedish Meatballs

I baked the Swedish Meatballs in Gravy today. Just spray a 9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray, add the frozen meatballs and pour over the rich beef gravy. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Make Ahead Recipe

Make the Meatballs and Gravy in a Slow Cooker

Just add the frozen meatballs and gravy to a slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1 ½ hours. Just until everything is hot and bubbly.

Quick and Easy Swedish Meatballs in a Skillet

Make this recipe even faster using a skillet. If you make this recipe using fresh meatballs, make the gravy right in the skillet. Add the meatballs back in and cook 1-2 minutes.

If you are using frozen meatballs, I like to make the gravy, add the meatballs and cook on low heat in a large skillet with the lid on. Once the meatballs are warmed through, they are ready to eat. This should take about 15-20 minutes.

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These mini bites are perfect to serve as an easy appetizer for a party, football game day, or an easy relaxing Sunday snack day.

What to Serve with The Best Swedish Meatballs and Gravy

Our whole family loves this simple recipe with a wide variety of side dishes. We love this served over egg noodles, rich and creamy mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, green beans, peas and carrots, or even white rice.

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How Long Will Meatballs Last?

These meatballs are a perfect make ahead recipe. You can cook the meatballs and gravy, cool to room temperature and place in airtight containers. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 4 months.

When you are ready to use, just heat and serve.

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The Best Swedish Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

If you’re looking for the best Swedish meatballs recipe, you’ve come to the right place. This easy dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal, and it’s always a hit with family and friends. Plus, the gravy is simply delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole recipe, Comfort food, easy appetizer, ground beef recipe, restaurant food
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 374kcal

Ingredients

  • 48 Ounces Meatballs frozen or homemade
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Beef Bouillon I use Better than Bouillon Soup Base

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add the heavy cream and the corn starch and whisk until combined, set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the water and beef bouillon to boiling. If you have homemade beef broth, you can use that in place of the water and beef bouillon. Slowly add the cream mixture, whisking constantly until well combined. Generally, 1-2 minutes. The gravy will start to thicken. The gravy is ready to pour over the meatballs.

Baking Swedish Meatballs

  • I baked the Swedish Meatballs in Gravy today. Just spray a 9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray, add the frozen meatballs and pour over the rich beef gravy. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Make the Meatballs and Gravy in a Slow Cooker

  • Just add the frozen meatballs and gravy to a slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1 ½ hours. Just until everything is hot and bubbly.

Quick and Easy Swedish Meatballs in a Skillet

  • Make this recipe even faster using a skillet. If you make this recipe using fresh meatballs, make the gravy right in the skillet. Add the meatballs back in and cook 1-2 minutes.
  • If you are using frozen meatballs, I like to make the gravy, add the meatballs, and cook on low heat in a large skillet with the lid on. Once the meatballs are warmed through, they are ready to eat. This should take about 15-20 minutes.

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Homemade Meatball Mixture

This recipe will make enough meatballs for about 4 servings. Today, I made enough for 12 people, so you would need to triple the ingredients for 12 people.
• one pound of lean ground beef
• 1 small onion finely diced
• 1 egg
• ½ cup breadcrumbs
• ¼ cup milk
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon pepper
• ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, breadcrumbs, milk, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
Take the meatball mixture and make large or mini meatballs. I like to use a cookie scoop to help me form uniform meatballs. It seems for us that 1-inch or 2-inch balls are perfect for most recipes.
Brown the meatballs in a skillet that has melted butter or a bit of olive oil in the bottom to keep the meatballs mixture from sticking. Brown on all sides and continue to cook on low until cooked through; about 10 minutes total.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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