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Homework for Dinner

Cold weather brings out a better cook in me and I am less likely to depend on my standard roast beef, spaghetti, and fried chicken recipes.  Stevie Junior was studying Sweden in school this week and I remembered that I had seen a great new recipe for Swedish Meatballs in a magazine.  I surprised him by making them for dinner.  Helping with homework at this level doesn’t challenge me too much and sometimes I even learn something.

I can’t recall if we learned about Sweden at all when I attended elementary school.  History was centered on the the war at that time and not repeating those mistakes.  My teen years were full of worries about another war, and I remember the relief I felt when Steve finished his military service.  I had gone to work after high school and really enjoyed making my own money.  That was the first time that I had the chance to choose my own clothes, hats, and accessories.  I remember feeling slightly extravagant paying for my first pair of really good gloves.  I wore them until the seams started to fray, and they now live in my trunk.  The variety of choices wasn’t good due to the conditions, but I loved handing over my own money at the department store.  At least everyone was going through the same circumstances.  It’s hard to remember now how much less choice we had in shopping just a short time ago.  Daisy and Stevie Junior have it pretty good these days.  Steve works hard to provide for us, and I keep a good home.

These Swedish Meatballs make a great appetizer also.  For dinner, I serve them over buttered noodles.



Swedish Meatballs

1 large egg

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 slices bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces

1/2 pound ground pork

1 small onion, grated

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 pound ground chuck

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon flour

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Whisk egg and cream together in medium bowl.  Stir in bread pieces and set aside.  With mixer, beat pork, onion, nutmeg, allspice, pepper, brown sugar, salt and baking powder until smooth.  Scrape bowl as necessary.  Mash bread mixture eliminating large pieces.  Add to pork mixture and beat for one minute.  Add beef and mix in for 30 seconds.  Using wet hands, form 1 inch meatballs, place on greased tray, and bake for 25 minutes, turning once.

In skillet, melt butter, whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add broth with whisk.  Add brown sugar and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium and reduce sauce to about 1 cup.  Stir in cream and return to simmer.  Add meatballs and simmer for 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.