paleo swedish meatballs

Photo and recipe by  Plated with Style

Photo and recipe by Plated with Style

You know you have to share it when it's a hit around the whole table. I don't know if you love IKEA's meatballs as much as our family does, but these came pretty darn close to the real deal. If you're looking for an easy way to replicate something delicious right in your home, look no further. These are BOMB. 


Serves: About 30 Meatballs

For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon of Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon of Ground Cloves
  • ¼ Sweet Onion, finely minced
  • 1 Garlic Glove, finely minced
  • 1½ Tablespoon of Lard or Cooking Fat

For the Gravy

  • ¼ Sweet Onion, finely minced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, finely minced
  • 1 14 oz Can of Full-Fat Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups of Beef Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter (or Ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of Tapioca Flour
  • Salt to taste


For the Meatballs

  1. Combine the beef, pork, egg yolks, parsley, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl.
  2. Heat a skillet to medium and add ½ Tablespoon of lard/cooking fat.
  3. Add the minced onion and garlic and stir-fry for a minute. Add to the meat bowl.
  4. Mix the contents of the bowl until well blended.
  5. Form about 2 Tablespoons worth into a ball.
  6. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium and add the rest of the lard/cooking fat.
  7. Add about ten balls to the skillet and cook for about 8-10 minutes, continuously rotating each ball, until they are nice and browned.
  8. Remove the balls and place in a strainer to drain. Repeat cooking the balls in a few more batches.

For the Gravy

  1. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for about a minute.
  2. Add the coconut milk, broth, butter, and pepper.
  3. Whisk and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tapioca flour one tablespoon at a time and whisk until dissolved. If the gravy clumps then transfer the contents to a blender and blend. Taste and add salt if desired.
  5. Remove from heat and return the meatballs to the sauce.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam.