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Lot´s of Swedish Christmas meatballs

The Swedish Christmas meatballs have its firm place on any Scandinavian Christmas table . A must in my Scandinavian kitchen, and I like to spice them up with anchovies and a lot of  crushed allspice. The allspice  is what makes them “Christmasy”….compare to normal Swedish meatballs,which  contain black pepper.

But to roll hundreds of meatballs, if one should have one of those giant Fanny – and – Alexander – Christmas ( you know…the Ingmar Bergman movie ) then it is quite time consuming to roll by hand and fry them in a frying pan.

But there is another way. I’ ve heard of it … but never tried it. To pipe the meatballs on baking sheet and roast them in the oven . Why I never tried? Maybe because I never had the Ingmar Bergman Christmas…not in the sense of inviting the hole family with uncles, aunts, cousins…any way,  and therefore had plenty of time to roll and fry .

But the other day I made  my first Christmas dinner for a company, (70 people)  and then wanted to try to sprits and roast my meatballs to see if I could speed thinges up and I DID !
Why have I never done this before? If you´re having the whole family over for Christmas, try this.
Make sure the batter is fairly loose ,cut a pretty big hole in the piping bag , and pipe the meatballs onto the baking sheet.  You can get several hundred meatballs and at the SAME TIME prepare other beautiful Christmas dishes .
Here you are!

About 150-180 meatballs

2 kg freshly ground mince beef and pork
2 large yellow onions
3 tablespoons butter
Approximately 0,75 cups breadcrumbs
2,5 cups milk
100 g (a box) of Swedish anchovies fillets
The broth from th anchovies
2 tablespoons freshly crushed allspice
maybe if needed some extra salt
Butter for frying

1. Set the oven on 225 degrees celcius / 437 F (convection)
2. Finely chop the onion and fry it in butter soft on medium/low heat without adding color. Leave to cool.
3 Mix the milk and breadcrumbs and leave for about ten minutes.
4 Chop the anchovies filléts.
5. Mix the minced beef with onion, bread crumbs mixture, anchovies and broth. Add the milk, so that there is a smooth texture on the mince.
6. Add the allspice and season with more salt if necessary.
7. Grease two baking sheets with butter and fill a piping bag with the mince.
8. Sprits the meatballs on the baking sheet in the size you want them. I like smaller christmas meatballs, and let them bake until  they have nice color. It takes about 10-15 minutes. Stir among the meatballs now and then.

It´s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

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Pernilla Elmquist

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