30 Minute Meal

Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe for Queen Elsa and Princess Anna – Eat Like A Princess

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These easy Swedish Meatballs can be done in one skillet and in 30 minutes, making them perfect for a weeknight meal! Serve them with mashed potatoes or egg noodles, and lingonberry preserves! 

Frozen is big in my house. Like – super big. My youngest can barely go a day without watching Frozen, reading a Frozen book, or playing with her Frozen dolls. And since I am always experimenting with ways in which to explore new cuisines with my children, and help them discover new and interesting things, I have developed this “Eat Like A Princess” series to help bridge the gap between what people typically think of as “kid food” and what children can actually enjoy.

Swedish Meatballs kids will love!

 

Elsa and Anna are some of our favorite princesses (yes, I know Elsa is technically a Queen). Princess Anna is brave, quirky, and so loyal to her sister. Queen Elsa constantly shows that she is selfless and how deeply she cares for her sister. She also learns to be confident in who she is. I also totally loved the “you can’t be in love with someone you just met” nod even though it seems like all the other princesses do.

**Note: This recipe is not intended to be 100% authentic. Queen Elsa and Princess Anna are fictional princesses who live in a made-up land loosely based on Nordic culture. This recipe is intended to be easy enough that children can help you prepare it, as well as interesting enough to pique their interest in new cultures and foods.  

 

30 minute Swedish Meatballs your whole family will love!

 

Besides chocolate, sandwiches and snow cones, there isn’t a whole lot of food mentioned in the movie. Thankfully the regionality of this movie was pretty easy – as they mention fjords, mountains covered in snow, and the gorgeous art work (called kurbits) that is prominent on clothing and buildings throughout the movies. Arendale is obviously based off of the Nordic Countries, a region that includes Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway.

 

Swedish Meatballs are perfect for a weeknight!

 

I decided to highlight Swedish Meatballs for Anna and Elsa – it’s easy to make in 30 minutes, it’s a one skillet meal, and kiddos can help to stir together the ingredients for the gravy. They could also help you make the meatballs, depending on their age/maturity level – my oldest daughter helped me shape them and thought it was so fun! The meatballs themselves aren’t really that different from the typical Italian style everyone knows, but what makes them fun is the unique gravy and the lingonberry preserves you eat them with. Serve this with either mashed potatoes or egg noodles, and a veggie.

 

Swedish Meatballs for Princess Anna

 

For extra credit, check out these awesome kids books about Nordic culture. And you totally have to make Swedish Pancakes as well!

 

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Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Meatballs:
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 TBSP dried chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Gravy:
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 TBSP lingonberry preserves
  • Serving:
  • lingonberry preserves
  • chives or parsley, chopped

Instructions

1

In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs.

2

Form roughly 16-20 meatballs with the mixture.

3

Place the meatballs in a large cast iron skillet, heated with 1 TBSP olive oil.

4

Cook the meatballs, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.

5

Remove the meatballs to a plate lined with paper towels.

6

Cover with foil and set aside.

7

Place the butter in the skillet

8

Whisk in the flour, and whisk, whisk, whisk, until it is all incorporated.

9

Slowly (like 2 TBSP at a time) whisk in the beef broth. Fully incorporate each addition before you add more.

10

Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

11

Add in the sour cream and simmer for 5 more minutes.

12

Stir in the lingonberry preserves and season with salt and pepper.

13

Return the meatballs to the gravy and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.

14

Sprinkle with either chopped parsley or chives.

15

Serve with egg noodles or mashed potatoes and Enjoy!

 

Looking for other “Eat Like A Princess” Recipes? Check them out here: 

Beef Empanadas for Princess Elena 

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Julia @ HappyFoods Tube
    February 14, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    These meatballs look so good! I haven’t tried them with lingonberry sauce yet as I can’t buy it around here. Hopefully one day! 🙂

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    Platter Talk
    February 14, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    I love Swedish meatballs. Was thinking about making them this weekend. Your recipe is a sign! lol

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    February 14, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    I love this and that beautiful sauce! So fun too, my girls are big Frozen fans, in fact my youngest just watched it yesterday.

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    Kristine
    February 14, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    My mom’s family serves Swedish meatballs every holiday season and they are one of my favorite traditions. This recipe looks delicious, I’m going to branch out and make these! Thank you!

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    Meg | Meg is Well
    February 14, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    That’s so cool that you developed a whole “Eat Like a Princess” recipe series! You’re obviously the coolest mom ever. I’ve never had Swedish meatballs but the creamy gravy always looks delicious to me but I assumed it was hard to make. I love how easy your recipe is!

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    February 15, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    I love your 30-minute meal corner. It is definitely helpful, especially due to the hectic lifestyle. Keep the good work, Jenni!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    February 15, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Mmmm, I love Swedish Meatballs, and your Eat Like A Princess series – so much fun!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    February 15, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Love Ikea’s Swedish meatballs but these blow them out of the water! Ligonberry sauce goes so well with it

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    Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    February 15, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Love love swedish meatballs and these look so delicious! Love the addition of the lingonberry sauce. Yum!

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    Aish Das-Padihari
    February 15, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    You got me at meat balls. My family loves a meat ball dinner. I will try this recipe.

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    Kathleen
    February 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    We love Swedish meatballs! The girls are going to love this meal, especially since Elsa & Anna would love it too!

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    lisa | Garlic & Zest
    February 21, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    I’m afraid my child is well past Elsa at this stage — she’s a college Junior, but I’ve heard all about this movie — and they play that song incessantly. “Let it go- already”! These Swedish meatballs look absolutely phenomenal. My only experience previously was at Ikea — which were ok, but I have a feeling yours would be amazing! The sauce and that lingonberry jam – Wow!

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      Jenni
      February 26, 2017 at 2:58 AM

      Haha Thanks! 🙂

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    Michele
    February 21, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    I love the pics where you are cooking with your little one! What great memories she’ll have. Im a big lover of any kind of meatballs and your recipe is quite a bit different than mine. Cant wait to give it a whirl… the sour cream in the gravy sounds so good!

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    Michelle | A Latte Food
    February 21, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    This is seriously such a cute series! These look amazing and in only 30-minutes?! Genius all around!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    February 21, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    This is so adorable! I love this ‘Eat Like a Princess’ idea! What a great way to introduce your kiddos to different cultures!!!

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    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    February 23, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Such a flavorful recipe!

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    Matthew Cetta
    February 25, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    You mean Queen Elsa? The evil despot who ruins our lives with back breaking shoveling every year? NO I WILL NOT LET THAT GO! Tributes to tyrants aside, these Swedish meatballs look amazing. Love the addition of lingonberries.

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      Jenni
      February 26, 2017 at 2:55 AM

      hahaha I totally understand! But you can’t turn down a yummy recipe that is ready in 30 minutes!

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    Donna
    February 27, 2017 at 2:24 AM

    Oh these look so so good, and I just happen to have some lingonberry jam in the cupboard which would go perfectly!! My kids are frozen obsessed too so I am sure these would go down a treat if I tell them the princesses and Olaf eat them 🙂

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    Leah
    February 27, 2017 at 4:44 AM

    I have never made Swedish meatballs myself, but now I must! These look and sound fantastic, and I love how easy they are! Thanks for this great recipe!

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    Amanda
    February 27, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    I love the messages in Frozen and I think this is such a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen to try new foods. That sauce looks heavenly, and I love the addition of lingonberry preserves. Plus, 30 minutes? You can’t beat that!

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    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    February 27, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    These meatballs sound so easy peasy to make and in 30 minutes?!? I’m sold! Plus the sauce looks fannnnntastic!

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