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The most popular item the Swedish furniture giant has is funnily enough a dish at its cafeteria. Even in Malaysia, a trip to IKEA isn’t quite complete without a plate of Swedish meatballs.
The good news is that IKEA has released the recipe for their meatballs and cream sauce, and it actually looks relatively easy even if you’re making them from scratch.
This is what you need (30â€“40 meatballs, serves 4):
250 g minced beef
250 g minced pork
2â€“3 dl cream (or milk) and water
2Â½ tbsp fine chopped onion
Â½ dl unsweetened rusk flour
2 boiled potatoes, cold
4â€“5 tbsp butter, margarine or oil
Heat the onion until golden in a couple of tablespoons of lightly browned butter. Mash the potatoes and moisten the rusk flour in a little water. Mix all the ingredients into a smooth farce and flavour generously with salt, white pepper and (optional) finecrushed allspice. Shape the farce into round balls and transfer to a floured chopping board, then fry them quite slowly in plenty of butter.
This is what you need (cream sauce, serves 4):
100 ml double cream
200 ml water or beef stock
(1 tbsp white flour)
Swirl out the pan with a couple of decilitres (1 decilitre = 100ml) of boiling water or meat stock. Strain the pan juices and dilute with cream. Thicken with white flour if preferred. Season well, and serve this and the meatballs with freshly boiled potatoes, lingonberry jam, a green salad and salted or pickled gherkins.
Looks easy enough right? Well, if you take a closer look at the ingredient list, you may realize that you probably don’t have all those readily stocked in your pantry.
Firstly, a majority of the Malaysian population cannot eat pork. So substitute it for minced beef instead, but go for a mince with more fat content for a juicier meatball.
For the population that cannot eat beef, substitute beef with lamb or veal instead.
Rusk flour is also uncommon in Malaysia, other than the crumbling baby teething biscuit some people may remember. Funnily enough, that is exactly what rusk is, but if you don’t have rusk at home, you can easily substitute it for dried fine breadcrumbs.
Beef broth can be substituted with vegetable broth, dissolved bouillon cubes, seasoned soy sauce, or chicken stock. Just take note that your cream sauce will definitely taste a little different with the substitutions, but still taste good.
As for the signature lingonberry jam, substitute it for other berry-based jams to round off the savoury meatballs on a sweet note. Strawberry jam or raspberry jam works fine.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.