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Finnish meatballs (Lihapyöryköitä) recipe

Finnish meatballs (Lihapyöryköitä) recipe

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  • Recipes
  • Ingredients
  • Meat and poultry
  • Beef
  • Beef mince

If you like the Swedish meatballs served at a certain Swedish megastore, you will love these Finnish meatballs! Easy to make and served with a wonderful gravy. Serve with cranberry sauce on the side.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 450g lean minced beef
  • 110g plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 120ml double cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 475ml milk
  • 120ml double cream

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:50min

  1. Mix the minced beef, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, cream, salt and allspice in a bowl with your hands until evenly mixed. Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized balls.
  2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook about half the meatballs in the melted butter until evenly browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes; remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs, keeping the liquid in the frying pan when finished.
  3. Sift the flour into the pan drippings; cook the flour in the pan drippings until brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly stream the milk into the frying pan while whisking vigorously; pour the cream into the mixture and stir until smooth. Return all the meatballs to the frying pan; stir to coat with the gravy. Bring the mixture to the simmer and cook until the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.


If you aren't good at making gravy and end up with some lumps you can pour the gravy through a sieve.

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Reviews in English (65)

by neo

Dont you hate it when people rate a recipe with a low rating and they obviously didnt make the dish? If you think 1 cup of whipping cream is too much that is fine you dont have to make the dish. BUT That is not a reason to give it a low rating. I found this dish to be just about perfect. The seasoning was great and the taste was delicious! Thank you for much! I will make this again.-28 Jun 2010

by adingman

My family like my leaner version of this. I used ground turkey and used evaporated milk where the recipe called for whipping cream. Also, added a little bit of canola oi/butter to wet my flour after I browned the meatballs(not as much fat in turkey as in beef).Good recipe!-12 May 2010

by lisyrose

Wonderful exactly as written. I was a little worried about the lack of seasoning in the sauce, but the drippings from the meatballs flavor it perfectly. I served over egg noodles.-30 May 2010

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