Square meatballs upend Swedish school era

A southern Swedish school has banned round meatballs, sparing the staff persistent pan poking but keeping the key culinary staple on the students' dinner plates.

Square meatballs upend Swedish school era
Traditional round Swedish meatballs. File photo: Skånska Matupplevelser/Flickr

The Söderslätt High School in Trelleborg, southern Sweden, decided that it was time to keep the kitchen free of round meatballs.

Local newspaper Trelleborgs Allehanda reported that the kitchen staff were sick of rolling thousands upon thousands of meatballs by hand. Not only was it tiring and time-consuming, it was deemed a workplace hazard as it put strain on their wrists.

The solution was spreading the mince out and simply cutting it into tiny squares.  

"One of the students told us they were the ugliest meatballs he'd ever seen, but the tastiest ones," kitchen staff chief Anna Malmberg told the newspaper. 

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