Some fine Norwegian Meatballs

Another delight that turns up on the potluck table at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation is traditional Norwegian meatballs.

These savory meatballs are said to be a staple at Norwegian Independence Day picnics on May 17. I’ve heard that they also appear at Christmas fetes.

Once again, I’ve failed to get the original church recipe and have to make do with one adapted from several Internet sites.

Ingredients: 2 eggs, beaten; 1 cup 1/2 & 1/2; 1 cup dry bread crumbs; 1/2 cup minced onion; 2 teaspoons salt; 2 teaspoons sugar; 1 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; 1/2 teaspoon allspice; 1 tablespoon butter; 1/2 cup minced onion; 2 pounds lean ground beef; 1 pound ground pork

For the gravy: 3 tablespoons flour; 1 teaspoon sugar; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon pepper; 1 cup beef broth; 1 cup heavy whipping cream.

Directions: Mix the ground beef, pork, bread crumbs, milk, egg and spices well. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in pan. Place the meat balls in the pan and cook, turning as necessary to completely cook the meatballs. When the meatballs are done, drain and place them on a plate.

Prepare the Gravy: Mix flour, sugar, salt and pepper together, add to the remaining drippings in the pan and stir with a whisk. Add the broth and then add the cream, stirring constantly over low heat. Allow the flavors to blend. Serve as appetizers.


One thought on “Some fine Norwegian Meatballs

  1. Lois, I covered the local Swedish Supper and bought their recipe book. I offer their recipe for Kottbullar – Swedish Meat Balls:
    1 pound ground beef
    1 pound ground pork
    2 c. bread crumbs
    1 – 1/4 cup milk
    1 t. salt
    1/4 t. allspice
    1/4 t. cloves
    2 eggs

    Soak bread in milk. Beat eggs slightly and add to mike and bread. Combine all other ingredients with above, mix well. A 1/4 cup measuring cup works well to get a nice size meatball. Put in refrigerator until chilled well, then reshape balls. Brown in skillet, if making large quantity, brown in oven. After browning, put into roaster and bake at 325 degrees for 1/2 hour.

    There you go, directly from Olsburg Lutheran Church in Olsburg, Kansas!

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