While we were driving into Memphis for a quick visit a few weeks ago, we passed an IKEA, and I told Mr. Handsome that we just had to go there for lunch. “Lunch at a furniture store?” he replied. “That’s like buying fresh fish from a sewage treatment pond. No one wants that.” He had clearly never had the IKEA experience.
Growing up, my brother and I loved IKEA. Whenever we were near one, we just had to stop in and order a plate of Swedish Meatballs. (We even went to an IKEA in Sweden, which was especially memorable.) We also enjoyed walking through the store and looking at all the fun gadgets….and trying to pronounce the Swedish names for everything. Some IKEA locations have cart escalators, which always added a fun twist.
Well, Mr. Handsome finally gave in to a quick stop at IKEA, and we had a blast. The Swedish meatballs with cream sauce and lingonberry jam were definitely the best part. Don’t they just look amazing (see photo above)?
For those who aren’t familiar with lingonberries, they are a Scandinavian wild berry. In the small grocery section at IKEA, there are dozens of lingonberry products for sale.
We ended up buying two items: a dishtowel for $0.79 (how can you pass that up?) and a package of frozen chicken meatballs.
The store also sells a pre-made package of cream sauce, but I decided to come up with my own recipe (see below). It was a hit! For those who don’t have an IKEA nearby, any type of fully-cooked meatballs (Swedish or regular) will do. You can also make your own meatballs. (Tap here to see my recipe.) For those who are vegetarian, IKEA sells meatless meatballs.
IKEA-Style Swedish Meatball Meal
Meatball Cream Sauce
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2½ Tablespoons flour
- ¾ cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup half and half
- 1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
- ⅛ tsp garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- asparagus, washed with ends removed
- olive oil and garlic salt
- baby yellow potatoes, washed
- 25-30 meatballs
- 1 Tbsp butter
Place asparagus on a cookie sheet or other pan. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, and sprinkle with desired amount of garlic salt. Cook 15-20 minutes at 350F. (I use my toaster oven, but you can use a regular oven.)
Place potatoes in a pot with a vegetable steamer (with water underneath). If you don't have a steamer, just cook them how you normally cook your potatoes. Cook over medium heat until soft.
Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1-1/2 Tbsp flour. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add broth and half and half. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Whisk in remaining flour (1 Tbsp) and remaining ingredients (Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper).
If meatballs are frozen, add them to a saucepan with 1 Tbsp melted butter, and cook (stirring every 30 seconds) over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
Add meatballs to cream sauce, and cook, stirring constantly, until meatballs are covered in sauce.
To make homemade Swedish meatballs, see my recipe here: https://nashvillewife.com/homemade-swedish-meatballs/