Fresh: Swedish Meatballs with Dill Potatoes and Sour Cream Sauce
It’s about two degrees outside and snowing. Two big happy dogs are sleeping at my feet by the fire and dinner is almost ready. This picture I’m painting should probably involve a big pot of soup bubbling away nicely but no.
I am almost afraid to admit that today of all days, possibly the coldest of the year, I’m a bit over ‘comfort food’. I love a good casserole, pasta bake, soup, steamed pudding and so on but have recently overdosed on all of the above and tonight am craving less robust flavours, a lighter dish with fresh touches and minimal preparation. Enter the Swedish meatball supper.
Swedish meatballs with dill potatoes and sour cream sauce
If you don’t have time to make the sauce (though it only takes five minutes), just plop a little bowl of sour cream and another of cranberry sauce on the table. This is also great with steamed green beans.
2 shallots, very finely chopped
500g pork mince
1 tbs chopped dill
1 tbs olive oil
20g unsalted butter
1 tbs plain flour
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup sour cream
juice of one lemon
2 tbsp cranberry sauce
extra butter and dill, to serve
To make the meatballs, combine the shallots, pork, egg and dill together in a large bowl. Season well and form into small, golf-ball-sized meatballs. Set aside in the fridge for at least half an hour.
Bring a saucepan of cold water to the boil and add the baby potatoes, cook until tender. Then drain and toss with the extra butter (I used 20g for 6 potatoes), dill and lemon zest.
Meanwhile, cook the meatballs in a saucepan with a little olive oil. Turn regularly until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Set aside on a warm plate while you make the sauce. Pour off excess oil and add the butter. Melt this then whisk in the flour. Keep whisking for about five minutes then add the boiling water. Whisk for a few more minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Mix in the sour cream, cranberry sauce and lemon and whisk again until the sauce is nice and smooth. Serve the meatballs with the sauce and potatoes.
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