Sunday, September 20, 2015

SWEDISH MEATBALLS




SWEDISH MEATBALLS

Large meatballs in a lovely, flavorful, white, creamy sauce. A classic!  Definite comfort food!  I served them with roasted vegetables, but this would be good with cauli rice or cauli-mash that has been cooked with very few seasonings – i.e. keep it bland. And add some cooked tender green beans. Also, to make cauli-rice more substantial, you can add some cooked quinoa if you are in pre-maintenance or maintenance mode or you are a moderate low-carber.  It is quite high in protein and quite a health food.  Quinoa is a seed.

2 lbs lean ground beef (0.9 kg)
1/cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR SIMPLY (60 mL)
  2 tbsp coconut flour (30 mL)
2 tbsp bacon fat, divided (30 mL)
1 cup chopped onion (250 mL)
2 eggs
2 tsp bottled crushed garlic (10 mL)
11/tsp oregano (7 mL)
1/tsp salt (2 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (2 mL)
White Sauce:
8 oz regular cream cheese (250 g)
1/cup whipping cream (125 mL)
1/cup almond milk (125 mL)
1/cup chicken stock (125 mL)
1 tbsp butter (15 mL)
1 tsp black pepper (5 mL)
1/tsp Dijon mustard (2 mL)
1/tsp salt (1 mL)

In large bowl, place ground beef and Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR coconut flour.  In nonstick frying pan, in 1 tbsp (15 mL) bacon fat and over medium heat, cook onion until soft and browned.  Add to ground beef.  In small bowl, beat eggs with garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper.  Stir into ground beef mixture until well combined.  Pack mixture into a 1/cup measure and form 15 balls. 

In nonstick frying pan in 11/tsp (7 mL) bacon, over medium heat, cook 8 meatballs, turning once well-browned on the one side.  Brown the other side and reduce heat, cooking until meatballs are no longer pink inside.  Repeat with the remaining 7 meatballs.

White Sauce:  In nonstick frying pan, combine cream cheese, whipping cream, almond milk, chicken stock, butter, black pepper, Dijon mustard and salt.  Bring to the boil while stirring, until all is melted and the sauce is smooth.  Add more almond milk if the sauce thickens too much upon standing.  Place meatballs in a 2-qt (2 L) casserole dish and pour the sauce over them and place in a warm oven, if necessary.

Yield:  5 servings
3 meatballs with sauce
568.4 calories
39.2 g protein
41.6 g fat
0.7 g fiber
6.6 g net carbs 


SEE our beautiful coil-bound books (last 5 gorgeous, Low-Carbing Among Friends' Team cookbooks,  the coil matches the books): Amongfriends.us/Findourbeautifulrecipebooks  This useful collection of cookbooks is expected to sell out and they will never be reprinted again.  Limited stocks, so get yours while you can!

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Here is my Amazon store for more of my favorite products: AMAZON STORE  Thank you for your support.