Yummy Meatballs & Potatoes with Gravy, a la Swedish/Ikea Style

Beef Meatballs, Steamed Potatoes, Ikea Gravy, Steamed Broccolli, Buttered Brown Rice,  Lingonberry Preserve 

Yummy Konnyaku Jelly

Yummy Konnyaku Jelly

 Dessert was Konnyaku Jelly

Ikea Lingonberries

Ikea Lingonberries

Ikea Gravy Mix For Meatballs and Potatoes

Ikea Gravy Mix For Meatballs and Potatoes

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! 😀

choesf 😀


6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Louise said,

    My grandchildren are LOVE the food from Ikea. It is far from them also. I am passing this recipe link on to my daughter. I’m sure she will enjoy trying it especially since you have provided such concise and easy directions. Thank you so much for sharing…


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You grandchildren love Ikea food, too? My children and I would have the Swedish meatballs as well as the Poached Salmon in Lemon Butter sauce everytime we go there. Then we would hang around for a while drinking the soda pop and coffee as there are free refills and each cup of the only costs about US 90 cents. I don’t usually stock up on soda pop at home and only at times like this at Ikea that I let my children drink all the soda pop and coffee that they want…and then we all suffer from sugar and caffeine rush! 🙄 😆

    It must be getting cold there in PA now in fall. Here in Kuala Lumpur, we are experiencing heavy thunderstorms everyday.

    Have a nice weekend ahead, dear Louise 😀

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf 😀


  3. 3

    digital_foodie said,

    How do you make meatballs that you make
    from scratch firm and crunchy to the bite
    when cooked?


  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear digital_foodie 😀

    I make these meatballs like I would for hamburgers. For 1 kilo of minced beef, I add in

    – 2 tbsps of Worcestershire sauce or Lea & Perrins sauce,
    – 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion,
    – 1 tbsp of black pepper,
    – 1 tbsp salt,
    – 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs,
    – 3 tbsps cornstarch
    – 1 beaten egg

    Mix all the ingredients throughly.

    To get a more well combined and springy texture for meatballs, I would knead the meat with my fingers for about 5 minutes, lifting up the whole meat mixture and slapping it to the side of the mixing bowl. 💡 (This part is omitted if preparing meat for hamburgers).

    Let rest for about 30 minutes and then shape into bite sized balls.

    Steam over very high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until the meatballs are just done.

    Happy Cooking!

    choesf 😀


  5. 5

    Jennifer said,

    Nice that you love ours meatballs 🙂 with best regards Jennifer from Sweden..


    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Jennifer from Sweden 😀

      Yes, we sure love Swedish meatballs. 😉

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


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