¼cupfinely minced or grated onion, on the small holes of a box grater
1-2tablespoonsoil for cooking
1tablespoonolive oil or coconut oil
3cupslow-sodium beef or chicken broth, or a combination
Chopped fresh parsley
Cooked egg noodles or potatoes or rice for serving
For the meatballs, in a large bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients except for the oil and mix until evenly combined.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil (you can use the other tablespoon for the second batch, if needed) in a 12-inch, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Scoop the meatball mixture into balls, about 1-2 inches in diameter, and add them in a single layer to the hot oil - you may need to do a second batch to cook all the meatballs. Brown on all sides, no need to cook all the way through yet as they'll finish cooking later, and remove to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible, and repeat with remaining meatballs, adding a bit more oil to the skillet if needed.
Once all the meatballs have been removed from the skillet, return the skillet to medium heat and add the 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil for the sauce, cooking until melted. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes to brown the flour mixture and cook out the flour taste. The mixture will be a bit crumbly.
Slowly add the broth, just 1/2 cup at a time, whisking quickly to remove any lumps. Let each addition of broth cook until thick and smooth before adding the next bit. Once you've added about 2 cups, go ahead and pour in the rest and whisk until combined.
Stir in the brown sugar and bring the sauce to a low simmer. Add the meatballs back to the skillet (cram them into a single layer) and cook for 10 or so minutes until the meatballs are cooked through, turning them once or twice to coat with sauce.
Off the heat, stir in the sour cream, whisking it in as best you can around the meatballs (adding it during the simmering time can curdle the sauce). Sometimes, I ladle out a bit of the warm sauce into a liquid measuring cup and whisk the sour cream in before adding it all back in to the skillet - it blends in a bit easier.
Garnish with fresh parsley and serve over hot, cooked egg noodles, potatoes or rice.
Meat:I prefer using lean ground turkey for this recipe which doesn't necessarily make it an authentic Swedish meatball (which generally calls for ground pork and beef); you can change up the type of ground meat used if you prefer but the lightness of the ground turkey is delicious.Bread Crumbs: also, you can use any variety of bread crumbs here: panko, classic storebought, homemade. Sauce: if you want the sauce slightly thicker, increase the flour by another tablespoon. Both beef or chicken broth can be used (I've used half and half of each when I've made these) - obviously the sauce will be lighter in flavor and color if using all chicken broth and a bit heartier with beef broth.