Ikea release iconic Swedish meatballs recipe for fans to try cooking at home in six simple steps

IKEA shoppers unable to make their regular trips to the furniture store – not to kit out their home but for their iconic meatballs – are in luck.

While the UK remains on lockdown in a bid to battle the coronavirus outbreak, the Swedish company have released the recipe for the delicacy so they can attempt to whip up the popular dish at home.

Not only that but IKEA have gone one step further, the detailed how-to has been printed in the form of their classic flatpack style guides.

Revealing in six very simple steps how people can recreate the iconic dish, IKEA is challenging fans to make some delicious meatballs themselves.

IKEA join a long list of companies sharing their famous recipes to help out those who are staying home but missing their favourite treats like Pret's dark choc chip cookies, McDonald's Sausage and Egg McMuffin, and Pizza Express dough balls.

With lockdown meaning customers can’t get their hands on them from their cafe, IKEA is helping people get their fix and encouraging them to have a go at their own take on this classic Swedish dish.

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The news follows a series of recent announcements from IKEA around how it’s supporting key workers and co-workers through COVID-19.

Whilst some of its Swedish Food Markets have re-opened to key workers, vulnerable customers and co-workers, giving them the opportunity to purchase essential food items, the car parks of its Wembley and Gateshead stores have transformed into drive-through testing centres for NHS staff.

Lorena Lourido, Country Food Manager at IKEA says: “We know that some people might be missing our meatballs, which is why we’ve released an at-home alternative which, using easily accessible ingredients, will help those looking for some inspiration in the kitchen. Staying at home can be hard, but we want to help make everyone’s lives that little bit easier and more enjoyable. Bon appétit or, smaklig måltid, as we say in Sweden!”

For those looking to cook up a storm, below is everything needed to create this family favourite.

Ingredients: Meatballs (Makes 16-20)

  • 500g beef mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients: Iconic Swedish cream sauce

  • dash of oil
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

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Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.

Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape whilst cooking).

In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.
When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Swedish cream sauce:

In frying pan, melt 40g of butter. Whisk in 40g of plain and continue cooking, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, allowing the flour to cook through. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir.

Add 150ml thick double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.

When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

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