People share pictures of their VERY successful attempts at making IKEA’s meatballs

Self assembled meatballs! People share pictures of their VERY successful attempts at making IKEA’s signature dish after furniture chain revealed the recipe

  • IKEA has shared the recipe for their famous Swedish meatballs to make at home
  • Dozens of people have attempted the dish at home with very good results  
  • Swedish furniture giant closed all of its 22 UK store last month, but some food halls have reopened to the vulnerable and for key workers 

By Bridie Pearson-jones For Mailonline

Published: 12:20 EDT, 21 April 2020 | Updated: 16:21 EDT, 21 April 2020

Home cooks around the world shared their joy yesterday when IKEA released the secret recipe for its famous meatballs.

The Swedish furniture giant revealed their famous dish is made by mixing pork and beef mince with garlic and onion when they shared a recipe card with step-by-step instructions in true IKEA fashion.

Now dozens of food fans have attempted to make the dish – with its accompanying cheese sauce from the comfort of their kitchen.  

Other high street favourites, including McDonald’s, Greggs and Pizza Express, have shared their top secret recipes so people can recreate their popular dishes at home. 

The Swedish staple, a popular choice for those visiting the cafe of the furniture giant, is usually served hot, but is also available frozen in the Swedish Food Market.

While all of IKEA’s 22 UK stores shut at the start of the lockdown, some of their food markets have re-opened to key workers, vulnerable customers and co-workers, giving them the opportunity to purchase essential food items.

The car parks of its Wembley and Gateshead stores have transformed into drive-through testing centres for NHS staff. 

Here FEMAIL shares the best attempts at the Swedish staple…

The Swedish furniture giant revealed their famous dish is made by mixing pork and beef mince with garlic and onion as they released a recipe card with step-by-step instructions in true IKEA fashion (pictured)

The Swedish furniture giant revealed their famous dish is made by mixing pork and beef mince with garlic and onion as they released a recipe card with step-by-step instructions in true IKEA fashion (pictured)

The Swedish furniture giant revealed their famous dish is made by mixing pork and beef mince with garlic and onion as they released a recipe card with step-by-step instructions in true IKEA fashion (pictured)

US Twitter user Kelsey Wailes tried the meatballs with red potatoes and spinach - a healthy take on the dish

US Twitter user Kelsey Wailes tried the meatballs with red potatoes and spinach - a healthy take on the dish

US Twitter user Kelsey Wailes tried the meatballs with red potatoes and spinach – a healthy take on the dish

Canadian home cook Trista Shewfelt went all out when she added a Swedish flag to her IKEA-inspired meatballs

Canadian home cook Trista Shewfelt went all out when she added a Swedish flag to her IKEA-inspired meatballs

Canadian home cook Trista Shewfelt went all out when she added a Swedish flag to her IKEA-inspired meatballs 

Dan Zhao from Australia served his meatballs with potatoes, creamy cheese and cranberry sauce for an extra punch

Dan Zhao from Australia served his meatballs with potatoes, creamy cheese and cranberry sauce for an extra punch

Dan Zhao from Australia served his meatballs with potatoes, creamy cheese and cranberry sauce for an extra punch

Instagram user @cliftoncrafts put a healthy twist on the meatballs by making them with turkey instead of pork and beef

Instagram user @cliftoncrafts put a healthy twist on the meatballs by making them with turkey instead of pork and beef

Instagram user @cliftoncrafts put a healthy twist on the meatballs by making them with turkey instead of pork and beef 

Angelo Guison from Philippines, shared a photo of his attempt at the meatballs on his @eats_to_die_for Instagram page

Angelo Guison from Philippines, shared a photo of his attempt at the meatballs on his @eats_to_die_for Instagram page

Angelo Guison from Philippines, shared a photo of his attempt at the meatballs on his @eats_to_die_for Instagram page 

Instagram user @msjoycek, who works as a private chef, shared her a photo of her delicious-looking creation after making the meatballs

Instagram user @msjoycek, who works as a private chef, shared her a photo of her delicious-looking creation after making the meatballs

Instagram user @msjoycek, who works as a private chef, shared her a photo of her delicious-looking creation after making the meatballs 

New York mom Jillian Ritholz made the meatballs for her kids' lunch, and they told her they were they best they've ever had

New York mom Jillian Ritholz made the meatballs for her kids' lunch, and they told her they were they best they've ever had

New York mom Jillian Ritholz made the meatballs for her kids’ lunch, and they told her they were they best they’ve ever had

Canadian Georgette Peters served her Swedish meatballs with rapini and garlic mashed potaotes

Canadian Georgette Peters served her Swedish meatballs with rapini and garlic mashed potaotes

Canadian Georgette Peters served her Swedish meatballs with rapini and garlic mashed potaotes

How to make IKEA’s meatballs at home 

 Makes 16 – 20

INGREDIENTS  

For the meatballs 

· 500g beef mince

· 250g pork mince

· 1 onion finely chopped

· 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)

· 100g breadcrumbs

· 1 egg

· 5 tablespoons of whole milk

· salt and pepper to taste

For the cream sauce 

· dash of oil

· 40g butter

· 40g plain flour

· 150ml vegetable stock

· 150ml beef stock

· 150ml thick double cream

· 2 teaspoons soy sauce

· 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

 METHOD

For the meatballs

1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.

2. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape whilst cooking).

3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.

4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Swedish cream sauce

5. In frying pan, melt 40g of butter. Whisk in 40g of plain and continue cooking, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, allowing the flour to cook through. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150ml thick double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.

6. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

In true IKEA style, the Swedish furniture giant also shared a pictured step-by-step guide to making the iconic dish

In true IKEA style, the Swedish furniture giant also shared a pictured step-by-step guide to making the iconic dish

In true IKEA style, the Swedish furniture giant also shared a pictured step-by-step guide to making the iconic dish

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