Sweet & Sour Swedish Meatballs with Garlic Mash

Sweet & Sour Swedish Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Swedish-style meatballs made with grass-fed ground beef. The sweet and sour brown sauce includes tart cherry preserves as well as beef broth for a savory flavor.

It’s draped over the top of the meatballs and a bed of garlic mashed potatoes, making this a pretty perfect plate.

Swedish meatballs are actually not a Swedish recipe. Sweden has admitted its iconic meatballs actually originate from Turkey.

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The country’s official Twitter account tweeted.Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. Let’s stick to the facts!”

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In turkey the dish is known as”köfte” minced meat pressed into a ball. Topped with gravy, is a popular dish around the world. 

King Charles XII used food as a way to help boost the relationships between the two countries. Please follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. 

Swedish Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Swedish Meatballs

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Sweet & Sour Swedish Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Swedish-style meatballs made with grass-fed ground beef.


  • garlic (use 3 large cloves)
  • 6 Yukon gold potatoes
  • ½ cup of panko
  • 12 oz grass-fed ground beef
  • ¼ cup beef broth concentrate
  • 4 table spoons cherry preserves
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 can of peas
  • 2 pats salted butter
  • coarse kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • freshly ground pepper
  • sugar
  • neutral oil (such as vegetable)


  1. Prep ingredients: finely chop 3 large garlic cloves. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cover and keep warm on low heat.
  2. Prep meatballs: In a medium bowl, combine panko, ⅓ of chopped garlic, 1 large egg, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Let sit 5 minutes for panko to absorb the egg. Add beef and knead or stir to combine. form mixture into 10 equal-sized meatballs.
  3. Make sauce: In a small bowl, add 1½ cups water, beef broth concentrate, cherry preserves, 2 tablespoons of the vinegar, 1½ teaspoons of the cornstarch , 1½ teaspoons sugar and mix.
  4. Make potatoes & peas: Return saucepan of water to a boil. Add potatoes and another ⅓ of the garlic and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Add peas and cook for one more minute. Reserve 3 tablespoons cooking water, then drain and return potatoes, peas, and garlic to saucepan. Add butter and coarsely mash, adding reserved cooking water to loosen. Season with salt, cover to keep warm.
  5. Brown meatballs: In a medium nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high Add meatballs and cook turning once or twice, until browned but not cooked through, 6–8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Finish & serve: Stir remaining chopped garlic into skillet and cook over medium-high heat, 1 minute. Add sauce and season lightly with salt and pepper. Simmer, turning the meatballs in the sauce until sauce is glossy and meatballs are cooked through, 6–7 minutes. Spoon meatballs and gravy over mashed potatoes (reheat if necessary) and serve.

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