I got out my old handwritten book of recipes last week to see what I might want to share. Serendipitously my friend Ginny’s recipe for Swedish Meatballs fluttered to the ground. I have held onto this recipe for so long that the paper is yellow around the edges. It is a treasured recipe because it is absolutely delicious but also it is in her handwriting, which I haven’t seen for a very long time.
The recipe brought back memories of Ginny who was my very, very fun friend. We met when our children started kindergarten together. She had a huge welcoming smile and a twinkle in her eyes that led you to believe that something fun would soon be afoot.
One of my favorite memories of Ginny was a Halloween night when both of our children were about 7 years old. I started out for Ginny’s house figuring I could pick up her son, Billy, and take Steve and Billy trick or treating.
Ginny greeted me at the door with that sparkle in her eyes and a glass of wine. She pulled me into the house and informed me that her daughter would be taking the children out. I, on the other hand, would be enjoying a glass of wine with her. That Halloween would become, for me, the most memorable one of my life. There was no need for tricks because I was treated to some wine and lots of laughter.
Ginny’s Swedish Meatballs
- 1 lb. ground lean beef
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 1/2 lb ground veal
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 onion minced
- 2 eggs beaten
- dash of nutmeg and pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups meat stock
- pinch of grated lemon rind
- 1 cup of sour cream
- chopped dill
- Blend meats, crumbs and milk
- Saute onion in 1 tablespoon of butter and add to meat with eggs and seasonings
- Mix with your hands to get even texture
- Roll into small balls
- Brown in 2 tablespoons of butter
- Remove meatballs
- Add to pan juices the flour and stock to make a gravy
- Stir until home and lemon rind
- Return the meatballs to the gravy and simmer over very low heat for 1 hour.
- Remove meatballs to serving dish
- To the gravy add sour cream and stir until combined.
- Pour gravy over the meatballs and serve with dill and buttered noodles
I hope you make Ginny’s meatballs and that their flavor make you smile.
Talk soon, ❤️💕 Bernadette