Swedish Turkey Meatballs

Swedish Turkey Meatballs are a lighter version of a classic comfort food! Ground turkey is folded together with egg, breadcrumbs and spices to create flavor, tender meatballs. Seared until golden and then simmered in a creamy sauce infused with Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Each meatball is tender and flavorful!

Spice Blend

One of the most unique things that sets Swedish meatballs apart from Italian meatballs is the spice blend that is folded into the meat. 

It may seem odd at first, since these spices are typically used for sweet recipes, but they make the meatballs SO flavorful! Here’s what you’ll need:

With all these spices combined, the Swedish meatballs come to life! They are not over-powering and perfectly spiced. 

How to Cook the Meatballs

After the ground turkey has been folded together with the spices, it’s time to get to cookin’! 

Use a small or medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop the meat mixture into balls. Quickly round them off in the palm of your hand, then place them in a hot, oil skillet to brown. 

I think it’s easiest to use tongs to gently rotate the meatballs throughout the browning process to get them browned on all sides. Be careful to not burn the meatballs, as it will then effect the sauce that the meatballs are simmered in.

Once all the meatballs are seared, the sauce is made and the meatballs are snuggled back into the sauce to simmer away. Not only will this give the meatballs even more flavor, but keep them nice and moist too! It’s a win-win!

How to Serve

If you ask me, the best way to serve these Swedish Turkey Meatballs is over a fluffy bed of mashed potatoes. Talk about the best comfort food! They can also be served over buttered egg noodles for another comforting alternative. Here are some serving ideas:

  • Appetizer – place a wooden toothpick into each meatball for an easy “grab-and-go” option!
  • With mashed potatoes – try out my Asiago Herb Mashed Potatoes!
  • With buttered egg noodles – a spin on a stroganoff!
  • With wild rice and roasted vegetables – a healthier spin!
  • As a meatball sandwich – use a soft, buttered roll for this.

 

How will you dig into these Swedish Turkey Meatballs?

Looking for other Turkey Recipes? Check these out!

 

Turkey Sloppy Joes
Buffalo Turkey Burgers
Butternut Squash Turkey Chili
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Swedish Turkey Meatballs


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 32 meatballs 1x

Description

Swedish Turkey Meatballs are a lighter version of a classic comfort food! Ground turkey is folded together with egg, breadcrumbs and spices to create flavor, tender meatballs. Seared until golden and then simmered in a creamy sauce infused with Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Each meatball is tender and flavorful!


Ingredients

Scale

For the meatballs:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

 

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock

Instructions

For the meatballs:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, salt, pepper and onion powder. Use your fingers to gently combine all the ingredients together, being careful to not over-mix.
  2. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop the meat mixture into balls. Gently running them in between your palms to round them out.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, brown the meatballs on all sides, about a couple minutes per side. Set the meatballs aside.

For the sauce:

  1. After the meatballs have been browned, use the same skillet to make the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add in the butter and melt. Whisk in the flour to create a roux – it should be a golden paste.
  2. Whisk in the heavy cream, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk in the chicken stock.
  3. Bring the sauce to a simmer and then add the meatballs back into the pan to simmer in the sauce. Reduce the heat to low and allow the meatballs to simmer for about 30 minutes, rotating the meatballs and basting them with the sauce halfway through. The meatballs should be cooked through to 165 degrees internal temperature.
  4. Serve the meatballs over mashed potatoes, or buttered egg noodles and enjoy!

Notes

  • I like to use a 93/7 blend for the ground turkey vs. ground turkey breast.
  • Serve the meatballs either as an appetizer, over mashed potatoes, over buttered egg noodles, as meatballs sandwiches, or over a wild rice and vegetable pilaf.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dinner

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 meatballs
  • Calories: 364
  • Sugar: 1.2g
  • Sodium: 730mg
  • Fat: 23.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 33.5g

Keywords: Swedish Turkey Meatballs

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