The one thing that makes a visit to IKEA a little less stressful is the promise of a portion of their famous meatballs once you've ticked off all the items on your list.
The delicious meatballs are served hot in the café or available as frozen balls in the Swedish Food Market. However, with lockdown meaning we can't get our hands on them, IKEA is encouraging customers to recreate the recipe at home.
Revealed in six, flatpack-style instructional steps, and incorporating easy-to-find ingredients, this is a recipe that we'll all be adding to our quarantine culinary repertoire.
500g beef mince
250g pork mince
1 onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
5 tablespoons of whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Iconic Swedish cream sauce
Dash of oil
40g plain flour
150ml vegetable stock
150ml beef stock
150ml thick double cream
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
2. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape whilst cooking).
3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.
4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Swedish cream sauce
5. In frying pan, melt 40g of butter. Whisk in 40g of plain and continue cooking, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, allowing the flour to cook through. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150ml thick double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
6. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!