Swedish Meatballs in White serving bowl

Swedish Meatballs

These easy to make, lean turkey meatballs are lighter than traditional Swedish Meatballs, but are still packed with flavor and served in a delicious creamy sauce. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: Swedish Meatballs, Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 436kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey

Ingredients

Swedish Meatballs

  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Swedish Meatball Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock or turkey stock
  • 1 cup half and half or milk/cream
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

Swedish Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  • Soak 2 slices of bread (whole wheat, white, or gluten-free) in 1/4 cup milk.
  • While bread is soaking, heat skillet over medium heat, and melt butter.
  • Saute onions and herbs until softened in melted butter. Remove from heat.
  • In large mixing bowl, mix together onions, bread, milk, seasonings and egg until well combined.
  • Add ground turkey to mixture and mix meatball mixture with your hands, as to not overwork your meatballs.
  • Scoop the meatball mixture with a medium cookie scoop unto rimmed sheet pan.
  • Pour 1 cup chicken or turkey stock around meatballs. This trick allows meatballs to stay moist and tender and lower in fat.
  • Bake meatballs for 25 minutes.

Swedish Meatball Sauce

  • Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in flour, until a thick paste forms.
  • Cook off raw flour for 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly add in chicken or turkey stock, whisking to incorporate.
  • Season with salt, pepper, freshly grated nutmeg and 2 sprigs of fresh thyme.
  • Bring gravy to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Add in half and half and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until sauce is thick, whisking often.
  • Remove thyme sprigs and add in Worcestershire Sauce.
  • Serve Sauce over Baked Meatballs.

Notes

  • You can use pork or beef (or combination of the two) in place of the ground turkey for a more traditional Swedish Meatball.
  • Be sure all your Swedish Meatballs are the same size before baking. This ensures even bake time.
  • Feel free to omit fresh thyme, this is not traditional, I just find it adds tons of flavor. 
  • Freshly grated nutmeg is so much better than ground nutmeg. 
  • To keep this meatball recipe even lighter, use milk in place of half and half in Swedish Meatball Sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 1125mg49%
Potassium 681mg19%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 820IU16%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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