Swedish Meatballs and Rice

This was my favorite meal growing up. I celebrated many of my birthdays with a supper of Swedish Meatballs and Rice. In this post, I share Mom’s recipe with you.

A Family Tradition

This truly was the meal I requested the most as a kid. Swedish Meatballs and Rice is pure comfort food to me. I love that my kids love it, too.

Swedish Meatballs and Rice

Today, with my size family, I find myself making a super batch – making enough for 100 meatballs or so. I separate them into individual freezer bags of 14 – 16 uncooked meatballs and freeze them.

To thaw, I run the ziploc bag of meatballs under hot water for a minute or two.  I transfer them into a fry pan, add a cup of water, and brown them in the pan covered by tin foil.  Finally, I add the cream of mushroom soup mix.  While it is simmering, I make the rice.  We like to eat the meatballs on the side with the gravy poured over the rice.

Swedish Meatballs and Rice

Mix together:

1 lb thawed raw lean hamburger

2 bread heals torn into pieces (or food processed)

1/4 cup quick oatmeal

1 egg beaten

S&P to taste

3 T ketchup

1/2 small onion chopped

Form into meatballs.

(At this point, I freeze sets for future meals.)

Brown the meatballs in a fry pan. S&P a bit during browning. Remove from heat and drain off any grease.

Add can of cream of mushroom soup mixed with 1 can skim milk.

Swedish Meatballs

Cover fry pan.

Simmer for 30-45 minutes. (May also put in a casserole in the oven at 300 for 1 hour).

Serve with minute rice.

Minute Rice


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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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