RECIPE

Swedish Meatballs with Pasta

This recipe was created to be taken into space with the launch of space shuttle Discovery in 2006.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mixed ground beef, pork and veal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4-1/3 cup cream
  • 3 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg (eyeball it)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons of your choice: lingonberry preserves, red currant or grape jelly
  • 1 pound egg noodles, cooked to al dente
  • Finely chopped fresh dill, for garnish
  • Finely chopped parsley, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup cornichons or baby gherkin pickles, finely chopped (optional)

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.

In a bowl, mix meat with egg, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup cream, onion, mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and arrange on a nonstick baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.

Heat a saucepot over medium heat. Melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two. Then whisk in stock and thicken for 6-8 minutes. Stir in sour cream and jelly and warm through. Season the finished sauce with salt and pepper.

Carefully remove the meatballs from the baking sheet with a thin spatula.

Mix meatballs and egg noodles with sauce and garnish with dill, parsley and finely chopped cornichons or baby gherkin pickles, if using.

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