Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Scandinavian Meatballs

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Scandinavian Meatballs

Use this recipe for gluten-free and dairy-free Scandinavian meatballs that are just as delicious as the original kind using bread crumbs and milk.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather your ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Put gluten-free crackers in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to finely crush crackers. Add crackers as necessary to total 1/2 cup crumbs.
  3. Step 3

    In a large mixing bowl combine ground pork or beef, grated onion, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons potato or cornstarch, seasonings, and egg. Use an electric mixer to thoroughly combine ingredients. Add coconut milk or your favorite milk substitute. Beat on high for 1 minute.
  4. Step 4

    Shape meat mixture into about 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch balls and dust each meatball with potato starch or cornstarch. You can use a level 1/8th cup scoop to shape the meatballs or you can make them smaller if you like. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy skillet. Brown the meatballs in batches, turning to evenly brown.
  5. Step 5

    Remove the browned meatballs from the skillet to drain them on a plate lined with a paper towel. Leave pan drippings from browned meatballs in the skillet.
  6. Step 6

    Whisk 2 tablespoons potato starch or cornstarch into 1/2 cup of the beef broth. Add this mixture along with remaining beef stock to the skillet. Add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the gravy. Whisk and simmer over medium heat until the mixture thickens.
  7. Step 7

    Add the browned meatballs to the sauce and simmer on low for about 15 minutes.
  8. Step 8

    To serve, remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon and pile them in a large serving dish. Pour hot gravy over meatballs. Garnish with parsley for a nice presentation.
  9. Step 9

    Serve and enjoy! This recipe is adapted for gluten-free cooking from a recipe published in "Immanuel Cookery" by the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.