Norwegian Meatballs are a favorite traditional meal served in Norway. These meatballs are packed with a variety of flavorful spices and served with a creamy brown gravy. They are great with a side of mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, and lingonberry jam.
This recipe for Norwegian Meatballs was inspired by my trip to Norway. If you love the oh-so-popular Swedish Meatballs, then I can guarantee you'll love these ones too! Plus, this recipe can be in 30 minutes. It's the perfect meal when you want to get some tasty comfort food on the table fast.
🍴 What is the Difference Between Swedish and Norwegian Meatballs?
The main difference between Swedish Meatballs and Norwegian Meatballs (or "kjøttkaker") is that Norwegian Meatballs are typically larger and flatter than their meatball cousin. The seasonings are also just slightly different from what you would normally find in Swedish Meatballs as well.
- Bread crumbs
- Salt and pepper
- Allspice or cinnamon
- Ground beef
- Ground pork
- All-purpose flour
- Beef broth
- Sour cream
- Heavy whipping cream
- In a large bowl, add the milk and bread crumbs.
- Let the bread crumbs soak for a minute, and then whisk in the eggs and spices.
- Add the ground beef and pork to the mixture, and use your fingertips to incorporate them.
- Roll the meat into golf ball-sized balls, and then slightly flatten each ball.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat, and melt 4 tablespoons of the butter.
- Add the meatballs to the hot skillet and fry until browned on all sides and cooked through. Set aside.
- Melt the rest of the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute. Slowly whisk in the beef broth.
- Once the broth has been incorporated, return the heat to medium. Allow the gravy to come to a boil. Continue boiling the gravy until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the sour cream. Add up to ¼ cup of whipping cream if desired to thin the gravy.
Meatballs AKA Italian meatballs are made with the same base as Norwegian meatballs (i.e. breadcrumbs, beef/pork, milk, etc.) However these meatballs are flavored with seasonings more unique to Italian cooking like oregano, marjoram, garlic, etc. These meatballs are also served with a tangy, chunky tomato sauce unlike Norwegian which are flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg and served with a creamy gravy.
Norwegian meatballs are traditionally served with potatoes, lingonberry, and steamed veggies. Although, they'd be equally delicious served with a side of rice or egg noodles.
Norwegian Meatballs are simply divine, served with a side of mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, and lingonberry jam. And that gravy...oh my goodness. I can't even...
🍲 More Comfort Food Recipes
- Crispy Chicken Schnitzel
- Potato and Cheese Pierogi
- Hearty Shakshuka with Feta
- Creamy Chicken Quesadillas
- Pork Tonkatsu