Coconut & Lime
| December 13, 2012

Rachel Rappaport of Coconut & Lime might be American, but she has an affinity for cooking Swedish foods. She says the "easiest" and most "friendly" recipe from Sweden is Julköttbullar —or Swedish meatballs — just in time to serve at your Christmas party.

Rappaport describes them as "very similar to köttbullar, the more everyday Swedish meatballs," and says they're heavily spiked with allspice. They’re found on the julbord — the Christmas smorgasbord, and instead of simply pan frying the beef, pork and veal meatballs, Rappaport bakes them to ensure even cooking and a crispy taste.

Want more Swedish recipes? Try Rappaport's pepparkakor (a tasty cookie for Christmas), Ärtsoppa (Swedish Yellow Pea Soup) and Kåldolmar (Swedish Stuffed Cabbage).

Swedish Meatballs

Cooking Method: 
Saute, bake
Entree, Appetizer
Cook Time: 
10-20 minutes
Total Time: 
30-40 minutes


  • 1/3 pound very lean ground beef
  • 1/3 pound ground pork
  • 1/3 pound ground veal (or you can use a mix of beef and pork)
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk (or, more traditionally, cream)
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch ginger (optional)
  • pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place the breadcrumbs and milk (cream) in a medium bowl. Allow to soak 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Form into very small (walnut-sized) meatballs.
  4. Heat some oil in a oven safe pan. Add the meatballs and saute until browned on all sides. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-20 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked. Serve immediately.