This is so Finnish and probably one of the dishes that really remains in my mind from my childhood. Allspice is very popular in Finland; its taste is a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. You can use ordinary cream instead of the sour cream here. You can also use store-bought jam.–Tessa Kiros
Finnish Meatballs Recipe
Hands-On Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
- 3 slices white bread, crusts removed
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 1/4 pounds ground pork and beef
- 1 large egg
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 4 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sour cream
- Lingonberry or cranberry jam (homemade or store-bought), for serving
- 1. Soak the bread in the milk in a large bowl for about 30 minutes or until it has absorbed all the milk and is very soft. Add the ground pork and beef, egg, onion and allspice and season with salt and pepper. Knead together well with your hands, then form into small balls about the size of walnuts, rolling them between your palms so that they are compact and won’t fall apart when cooking.
- 2. Heat 2 1/2 tablespoons of the butter with the olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Fry the meatballs in batches, turning them once during cooking. (You will have to work quite quickly and take care not to burn the butter and oil. If necessary, wipe out the skillet between batches and start again with a little less butter and oil.) Transfer the cooked meatballs to a heavy-based saucepan with any onion that is on the bottom of the skillet and continue with the next batch.
- 3. Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and mix with a wooden spoon until it is smooth. Add the remaining butter and let it melt. Continue cooking, stirring almost continuously, until it is a golden color. Remove the pan from the heat and very slowly pour in 2 cups hot water, standing back a bit. Mix in quickly, then return the pan to the heat. Stir in the sour cream and mix well, then carefully pour over the meatballs. Season lightly with salt and pepper and cook, covered, over very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until you have a thick creamy sauce with soft meatballs to serve with berry jam and boiled potatoes.
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Finnish Meatballs Recipe © 2009 Tessa Kiros. Photo © 2009 Manos Chatzikonstantis. All rights reserved.