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Meat balls - versus - Swedish Meat balls

What is the difference?

byke
post 26.Jan.2012, 10:14 AM
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So what is it the defines a Swedish meatball from say that of any other brand ?

Is there a secret spice that only swedes know about? Or could it simply be a way of defining in which way to use them (with mash, gravy and jam) and where was this phase coined (post lady and e tramp?)
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gplusa
post 26.Jan.2012, 10:19 AM
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Location: Luleå
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I think it's got something to do with self raising flour.
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teslar
post 26.Jan.2012, 10:21 AM
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I think it's just the way they're served. There's nothing very specific about the idea of grinding up (leftover) meat and shaping it like a ball and I'd say that the spicing, even within the "swedish meatballs" varies wildly depending on who makes them.

Wikipedia has a list of meatballs across the globe.
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Puffin
post 26.Jan.2012, 10:22 AM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

It's the creamy sauce that can only be made with plain flour as the taste of baking powder would ruin it cool.gif

There are many arguments about it - some people argue about
- the exact proportions of beef/pork
- bread or no bread and then dried or fresh breadcrumbs
- egg or no egg
- onion and seasoning
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Snood
post 26.Jan.2012, 10:28 AM
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Location: Gothenburg
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QUOTE (gplusa @ 26.Jan.2012, 10:19 AM) *
I think it's got something to do with self raising flour.

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johnjohn
post 26.Jan.2012, 10:28 AM
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Is it true that Norwegian meatballs are far superior or was that Danish? smile.gif
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Puffin
post 26.Jan.2012, 10:31 AM
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Location: Dalarna
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Danes claim that theirs are superior (but then the Danes claim to be superior in everything) the Danish Frikadella is not like the Swedish version but a pale pork meatball often served in soup or fried
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skogsbo
post 26.Jan.2012, 11:55 AM
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British faggots, are fair superior to any Swedish meatball. Meat is coarser cut, some onion, herbs/spice/seasoning... onion gravy, mash...
I suppose the vikings stole the recipe a few millenium ego, but it must of got damp and blurred on the crossing back home.. wink.gif
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erik68
post 26.Jan.2012, 12:17 PM
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Dream on wink.gif

I think every country have their own version. My mother in law makes Polish meatballs which are delicious. I tried to convince her that lingonberry jam would go well with them, but was met with absolutnie nie!
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DaveN
post 26.Jan.2012, 12:23 PM
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I make my own meat balls. The problem with all the pre-made ones is they contain next to no meat. Sure there's arse hole, tails, and eyes in there, but mine are 100% edible/identifiable meat.
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mångk
post 26.Jan.2012, 12:25 PM
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QUOTE (skogsbo @ 26.Jan.2012, 11:55 AM) *
British faggots, are fair superior to any Swedish meatball. Meat is coarser cut, some onion, herbs/spice/seasoning... onion gravy, mash...I suppose the vikings stole the recip ... (show full quote)

Hmm, Mr Fletcher I presume? cool.gif

Sorry, couldn't resist that one! tongue.gif
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William Sachsen-Coburg-Go...
post 26.Jan.2012, 01:03 PM
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QUOTE (skogsbo @ 26.Jan.2012, 11:55 AM) *
British faggots, are fair superior to any Swedish meatball. Meat is coarser cut, some onion, herbs/spice/seasoning... onion gravy, mash...I suppose the vikings stole the recip ... (show full quote)

Hear! Hear!

Faggots, chips and gravy, and a pint of Boddington's. Perfick.
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Puffin
post 26.Jan.2012, 01:08 PM
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Location: Dalarna
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I liked my Christmas meatballs with nutmeg and cloves
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skogsbo
post 26.Jan.2012, 01:57 PM
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QUOTE (William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha @ 26.Jan.2012, 12:03 PM) *
Hear! Hear!. Faggots, chips and gravy, and a pint of Boddington's. Perfick.

Swap your boddies, for theakstons or black sheep.
Thinking about it, italian meatballs in sauce with pasta are nicer than swedish ones too. Red wine then though!
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chazza
post 26.Jan.2012, 02:16 PM
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Location: Scandanavia
Joined: 15.May.2010

Swedish meatballs summed up perfectly by one of my SFI mates: shitbullar

spot on tongue.gif
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