As a true foodie, I’m embarrassed to admit that I have been known to take a trip to IKEA just for a plate of meatballs. It’s funny because I NEVER buy pre-prepared meals and try to steer clear of processed meat in general, but there’s just something about that 10 franc plate of meatballs and mash that I love.

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently sharing lots of salad recipes so this one might come as a bit of a surprise. I just felt like treating myself for lunch the other day and to save on the 25 minute drive to IKEA, I whipped up a batch of my own IKEA-inspired meatballs.

I cannot tell you how delicious this recipe is!

delicious pepper sauce meatballsIKEA-inspired Swedish meatballs and mash, makes 30, serves 2 (yes, 2 – they are that good!)

Mashed potatoes:

  • 700g potatoes
  • 20g butter
  • a splash of milk
  • salt & pepper to season


  • 250g minced pork
  • 250g minced beef
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 tablespoons mashed potatoes (from the batch above)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • nutmeg, salt & pepper to season
  • 20g butter for frying


  • 20g butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 500ml beef broth
  • 200ml single cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • freshly ground pepper

Peel and chop the potatoes and boil them for 15 minutes until soft. Once cooked, drain the water and mash well with a potato masher. Add butter, milk, salt and pepper and mash until smooth. Cover and keep warm.

In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients together for the meatballs. Then, use your hands to form into ping pong sized balls. Make sure they are really well formed so they don’t crumble apart.

swedish meatball recipeIn a frying pan, melt 20g of butter and fry your meatballs on a high heat until coloured on all sides (5-10 minutes). Handle the meatballs carefully and when golden, remove from the pan and put them in an ovenproof dish. Place in the oven at 200°C to keep warm.

Keep the pan and remaining juices & fats.

how to make IKEA meatballsAdd another 20g butter to the remaining juices in the same frying pan. Turn the heat down to medium and add 3 tablespoons of plain flour when the butter has melted. Stir well until it resembles a brown paste. Add your beef broth little by little, stirring well to incorporate the liquid into the paste. Bring to a simmer and add cream, Worcester sauce, mustard and season well with lots of pepper. Bring to a simmer.

Pour the sauce over the meatballs and place back in the oven to grill for about 10 minutes.

If you’ve got too much sauce, just add it to the mash – it feels a bit naughty but tastes sooo good.

IKEA meatballs & pepper sauceTop with chopped parsley and serve with the mashed potato and some delicious lingonberry jam!

Meatball recipeSo there you go, friends, this is the ultimate IKEA copy-cat meatball recipe and I think you should treat yourself tonight!

I may or may not be munching on a plate right now. xS