As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
|IKEA’s köttbullar (meatballs)
Available frozen at IKEA’s Swedish Food Market
Check out the curious anatomy of the IKEA Meatball
A Little About Swedish Meatballs:
Due to Sweden’s large north-south expanse there have always been regional differences in Swedish cuisine. Historically, in the far North, meats such as reindeer, and other (semi-) game dishes were eaten, some of which have their roots in the Sami culture, while fresh vegetables have played a larger role in the South. Many traditional dishes employ simple, contrasting flavours, such as the traditional dish of meatballs and gravy with tart, pungent lingonberry jam (slightly similar in taste to cranberry sauce).
(Info from Wikipedia)
Let’s hear it from the Swedes…
(from the official gateway to Sweden)
Köttbullar or Swedish meatballs must be prepared, above all, with love. This is why “Mom’s meatballs” are a widespread concept in Sweden, and there are many different favorite recipes. Some people feel there should be grated onion in the meatball mixture itself, while others prefer to dice the onion and fry it separately. Some people feel that their meatballs should be served with thick brown gravy, while others prefer it with a thin meat juice. As part of a smörgåsbord buffet, it is better to skip the gravy altogether.
In southern Sweden many people prefer their ground meat with a little more fat, but the further north you go, the less pork you will find in the meatball mixture. However, bread or rusk crumbs allowed to swell in milk are as important as the lingonberries on the side. They give Swedish meatballs their special soft consistency.
IKEA’s köttbullar (meatballs)
One fan from Portland, Oregon confesses, “There is something about an IKEA meatball. They are perfect bites of savory goodness. They are equally bready and meaty, and they are ever-so-slightly perfumed with nutmeg.” (Source)
|1. Meatballs: fried and served
If you feel patriotic, plant a flag atop your mountain of meatballs. All flags will look good against this meaty brown background.hahaha…
Don’t forget to grab your favourite dipping sauce.
|2. Meatballs Stroganoff
|3. Meatballs PIZZA
|4. Meatballs SANDWICH