Meatballs with potatoes and béchamel sauce: a Swedish classic gets an a delicious update

Most countries have a national dish, and Sweden is no exception. Swedish meatballs anyone?

But it’s hard to overestimate the influence that French cuisine has had on modern Swedish cooking.

So why not combine these two amazing food cultures?

This recipe does it in a way that few others do. It also contains a lot of my favorite ingredients and combines them in a creative way, enhancing their flavors in the best way.

With that said, let’s get started — because you don’t want to miss this one!

What you need:

3 potatoes, peeled and cooked
1 clove of garlic
1 packet of beef
1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
1 pinch of paprika
1 large block of mozzarella, shredded
Salt and pepper

Béchamel sauce:

5 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
4 cups of milk
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

How to make it:

1. Before doing anything else, get the béchamel sauce ready. It’s central to this recipe. Put a medium saucepan on the stove, turn the heat up to medium and melt the butter. Then, stir in the flour until it becomes smooth and turns gold.

2. In the meantime, heat the milk in a separate saucepan until it almost boils. When it’s warm enough, gradually add the milk to the butter mixture and keep stirring it until it’s even. Once you’ve added all the milk, boil the sauce for 10 minutes while continuously stirring it. Then, season with salt and nutmeg!

3. Now that your sauce is ready, set the oven to 400°F (200°C).  Get a large glass bowl and mix the meat in it with the chopped parsley and paprika. Then, spice it with some salt and pepper.

4. Peel the potatoes and cook them until they’re semi-soft. This usually takes around seven minutes. Then, cut the potatoes into slices and cover the inside of a different glass bowl with them like in the picture below.

5. Next, take the meat mixture and form it into meatballs. You should get 15 meatballs altogether. Place them on top of the potato crust.

6. Arrange the rest of the potatoes so they’re standing between the potatoes, Then, pour the béchamel sauce over everything until each meatball is covered. Next, sprinkle the whole thing with  a layer of shredded mozzarella.

7. Finally, place the dish in the oven for 15 minutes. When it’s done, you’ll have a delicious creamy, cheesy French-Swedish casserole that the whole family will love!

Video Recipe:

Doesn’t this look delicious? I don’t think anyone would be disappointed if you made this tonight!

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