Beef Meatballs, Steamed Potatoes, Ikea Gravy, Steamed Broccolli, Buttered Brown Rice, Lingonberry Preserve
Dessert was Konnyaku Jelly
Good evening, dear friends 😀
My children and I love going to the Ikea Furniture Store located in Mutiara Damansara just for the coffee and the Swedish food – especially their really yummy Swedish Meatballs and Potatoes. However, Ikea is located quite far from where we stay and thus, we don’t often go there as much as we would like to. 😥
So, I decided to re-produce a little bit of “Ikea or Swedish flavour” for dinner in my home. 💡 😆
What I had stocked up from Ikea were 10 packets of Ikea Gravy Mix for potatoes (I put them in my freezer) and a bottle of Lingonberry Preserve. With a few packets of Marina brand of frozen beef meatballs, I was all set to cook this yummy meal in a jiffy. You can also do the same at home and this is much cheaper than eating at the Ikea restaurant.
All I needed to do was –
1) cooked some Butter Brown Rice (just add some butter, chopped shallots, a cup of frozen peas/carrots/corn), a pandan leaf, some chicken stock, and 1 tsp of salt. While this is cooking..
2) I scrubbed some potatoes and steamed them for 20 minutes, until a knife can be pierced through them easily. Set aside to keep warm.
3) Next, I steamed the 50 meatballs (for 7 persons) for 10 minutes…reserving any liquid left there to make the gravy. Set this aside in a covered casserole to keep warm.
4) Then I steamed my brocolli and carrots for 5 minutes. While this was cooking…
5) I prepared the gravy according to the instructions on the Ikea packet. Just a word of caution – there is a lot of MSG contained in the mix, and therefore, I used only 2 packets of the gravy mix and added some water plus a beef (or chicken, if you like) stock boullion and then thicken the sauce a bit with a cornstarch mixture. I didn’t have any cream on hand to mix into the gravy as instructed and I added full cream milk instead…the gravy tasted great anyway!
Voila! This Ikea style dinner was ready in just 45 minutes! Well, except for the rice, which may take longer according to the cooking method. 😀
Happy Cooking! 😀