IKEA is well and truly giving the people what they want.
Don't panic right, but it's happened.
On what is now a momentous day, IKEA has just released it's Swedish Meatballs recipe to the public, so you can now try and make them for yourself at home.
IKEA's Swedish Meatballs are famous the world over and an essential part of an 'IKEA day out' for many Brits. As much as we all love flat pack furniture and one-way arrow walking systems, a trip to IKEA is sometimes just all about the meatballs and IKEA very much knows this.
Last month, the furniture giant of course made the decision to temporarily closed all IKEA stores across the UK and Ireland as a precautionary measure against the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but now we are finally able to bring the best bit home with us.
And you'll also be glad to know that this recipe does look a lot easier than the furniture instructions usually are.
Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs: Serves 4
For the meatballs:
- 500g beef mince
- 250g pork mince
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)
- Generous salt and pepper
For the 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
- Combine beef and pork mince and mix with your fingers 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 two hours (this will help them hold their shape whilst cooking).
- In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
- When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180C conventional or 160C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Iconic Swedish Cream Sauce:
- Melt 40g butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of plain flour and stir for two mins. Add 150mL of veg stock and 150mL of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150mL of double cream, 2 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard.
- Bring it to simmer and allow sauce to thicken.
- When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes - either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.
Speaking on the decision to release the recipe, 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!”
Who's giving it a crack and making these for tea tonight then? We know we are.
Thank you IKEA. Honestly, thank you.