Jean Ahlberg's Swedish Meatballs

Karin D.
This is a Swedish meatball recipe that my Gram, Jean Ahlberg, received from her mother-in-law. Every Christmas Eve, for at least sixty years, Gram treats our family to a traditional Swedish feast. Two years ago, when Gram was 94 years young, she (finally!) offered to let the family help prepare Christmas Eve dinner. We enjoy these meatballs just as they are, however they are excellent tossed with a light gravy and served over egg noodles. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I gave each family member these meatballs in ""to go"" containers at our family outdoor holiday gathering. It would not be Christmas without Gram's meatballs! I am honored to take on this tradition and I look forward to passing the recipe down to my children."


  • 1 loaf of sliced white bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 1 lb pork
  • 1 lb beef
  • 1 lb veal
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Soak bread in milk.
  • Sautee onions in oil or butter. Gently combine ground meats.
  • Add onions to meat with salt, nutmeg, paprika and egg. Mix in soaked bread.
  • Form into 1" balls and cook @ 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

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