Wednesdays Unplugged – Norwegian Meat Balls

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share! 


"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness; and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness." ~ Carl Jung

After a wonderful Christmas lives close to us were thrust into the surreal this morning by the sudden loss of our daughter-in-law's father… a reminder of just how fleeting life is, and how precious is every moment with those we love.


It has been a few years since I hosted Christmas and when I went to pull up my recipe for Norwegian meat balls for Christmas this year it wasn't on this site… time to add it! I sometimes make the meat balls days ahead of time, then make the gravy and add the meat balls to heat right before serving.


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice (can subtitute 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon cloves)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (or beef/pork/veal mix as desired)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 cup milk

Add cornstarch to meat. Blend well. Add milk gradually, stirring with wooden spoon and beating until meat is spongy and light.

Drop meat by spoonfuls into 3 tablespoons oil heated in frying pan and lightly brown. Reserve browned meatballs in bowl.

Add additional oil to remaining oil in skillet to make 3 tablespoons and whisk in 3 tablespoons flour. Add 2 cups beef broth. Add reserved meatballs, top with finely sliced onion and cook about 30 minutes, until gravy is thickened and onions are transluscent.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results -


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