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.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 1pound lean ground pork
- ½pound lean ground beef
- 1small onion (freshly grated)
- ½cup gluten-free cracker crumbs (finely crushed, or dry gluten-free breadcrumbs)
- ¾cup potato starch ( divided , or cornstarch)
- 1teaspoon salt
- ¼teaspoon pepper
- ⅜teaspoon nutmeg (divided)
- ⅛teaspoon allspice
- 1egg (lightly beaten)
- ½cup coconut milk (or your favorite dairy-free milk substitute)
- 2cups beef broth (gluten-free)
- 3tablespoons vegetable oil (or vegetable shortening)
Step 1Gather your ingredients.
Step 2Put 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.
Step 3In 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.
Step 4Shape 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.
Step 5Remove 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.
Step 6Whisk 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.
Step 7Add the browned meatballs to the sauce and simmer on low for about 15 minutes.
Step 8To 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.
Step 9Serve 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.