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Swedish Meatballs
with cauliflower and parsnip puree / roasted broccoli

Active: 45 min Total: 45 min

For this comforting cool-weather dish, beef meatballs are served over a creamy cauliflower and parsnip puree. On the side, roasting broccoli with some garlic and olive oil makes it crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Swedish Meatballs:
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Beef, ground - 1 lb
  • Eggs - 1
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg, ground (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
Cauliflower and Parsnip Puree:
  • Cauliflower - 1 lb, chopped
  • Parsnips - 8 oz, peeled and chopped
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/4 cup
Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Paprika:
  • Broccoli florets - 16 oz
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, sliced
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Cauliflower / Parsnips - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Broccoli / Garlic / Parsley - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Make meatballs - Mix beef, egg, salt, garlic powder, nutmeg, black pepper and first part of parsley. Form into 1” / 2.5cm meatballs. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. Toss broccoli and garlic in olive oil and paprika. Spread on a sheet pan. Season with some salt. Roast, shaking pan halfway through cooking, until broccoli is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. While broccoli roasts, combine cauliflower and parsnips in a saucepan. Cover with cold water and some salt. Bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes until parsnips can be easily pierced by a knife.
  4. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then meatballs to heated oil. Saute, turning as they cook, until meatballs are golden brown on the outside, 5 to 6 minutes. Add stock (portion for the meatballs) to pan and cover with a lid. Continue cooking with the lid on, until meatballs are cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes more.
  5. Return to cauliflower and parsnips as soon as they are tender. Drain and return to saucepan. Add butter, stock (portion for the puree) and some salt. Puree with an immersion blender or mash with a potato masher until smooth, adding additional stock if needed.
  6. When broccoli is tender, toss with lemon juice.
  7. Serve meatballs over puree with second part of parsley sprinkled on top. Enjoy with broccoli on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (132)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (14)

41 reviews

This was AMAZING. Also, I just used frozen meatballs which meant dinner came together in like 10-15 minutes.

By: Leanne
Posted: Apr 08, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Quick and easy and tasted great.

By: Eric
Posted: Feb 19, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Reminds us of IKEA! But yummier.

By: Shayna
Posted: Mar 21, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I'd add more parsley to the meatballs and the sauce next time. Sauce would also be nice with some mushrooms added.

By: Stephanie
Posted: Jan 14, 2018
Diet: Original
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not sure as Swedish as for us the sauce should be brown and not with yoghurt....

By: Cecilia
Posted: Dec 25, 2017
Diet: Original
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Original: Loved the meatballs and brocoli, did not like the sauce. Even though, will make the meatballs en brocoli again, probably with a tomato based sauce I tried the paleo version with the orginal version meatballs and it is epic! Love it, went from 3 to 5 stars

By: Nienke
Posted: Dec 23, 2017
Diet: Paleo
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