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Swedish Meatloaf and Gravy

Serves 4-6

| Prep Time: 20 mins

| Cook Time: 45 mins

| Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins

You may need: Dried Garlic Powder

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As winter descends and the nights grow long and cold, it's time to dust off the comfort food recipes that warm our hearts and please the soul. While other comfort food classics such as fried chicken and pot pie are staples on restaurant menus, they're a little fussy to make at home, especially on busy weekdays. This recipe for a spiced Swedish Meatloaf and Gravy delivers with reasonable effort. 

While Swedish Meatballs are the true Scandinavian comfort food, we've spiced up an American classic recipe with a proprietary blend of Scandinavian spices to produce a memorable dish that might even taste better as leftovers. In fact, serve sliced leftover meatloaf on an open faced sandwich with thinly sliced red onion and pickles for the perfect fusion Smörgås (Swedish sandwiches). Soaking the breadcrumbs is a key step in Scandinavian recipes, distributing and locking in moisture within the meat. Make a delicious, creamy gravy that is brightened with a touch of Greek yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef (85/15)

  • 1 lb ground turkey (93/7)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, diced

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

  • 4 tbsp whole milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1.5 tbsp Swedish Savory Sweet

  • 1 tsp ground pepper

  • 1.5 tsp salt

  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1.5 tbsp butter

  • 1-2 tbsp fat (from cooked meatloaf)

  • 2 tbsp flour

  • 1 cup beef stock

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp Swedish Savory Sweet

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Notes

When combining all the meat with spices and breadcrumbs, it is easiest to combine thoroughly with your hands.

Top the meat mixture with dabs of butter to ensure a crispy edge.

Optional ingredients add a little character and flavor, but don’t sweat it if you don’t have them.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Stir fry until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk breadcrumbs into milk. Let it sit until milk is absorbed. Add ground beef, ground turkey, egg, Swedish Savory Sweet, salt, pepper, parsley and onion mix. Combine thoroughly.

Add meat mixture to a loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cooked through. Serve with gravy!

For the gravy: In the same pan used for the onions, add butter and fat from the meatloaf. (Carefully pour from the sides of the loaf pan.) Over low heat, melt the butter with the fat, and whisk in the flour. When the flour is all mixed (it should have a cake mix texture), whisk in the beef broth slowly. Bring to a boil to thicken and continue whisking. Remove from heat, whisk in lemon, salt, spices, Greek yogurt, and parsley. 

Alternatives & Substitutions

  • Substitute the ground turkey/beef with your favorite meat! Or use a pound of sausage for extra juicy Swedish meatloaf and gravy.

  • For a creamier and less tart gravy, use 1/2 cup cream, in replace of the yogurt.

  • For our Keto diet and gluten-free users, try grinding up pork rinds and using them in place of bread crumbs.

  • Try using the Swedish Savory Sweet blend to make our delicious spiced Swedish Meatballs or Danish Breaded Pork patties (Karbonader) recipes. 

  • Vegetarians/Vegans: try the Swedish Savory Sweet spice blend in our Vegan Swedish "Meatballs" recipe for a plant-healthy version.

  • Need a holiday dessert idea? Try using 1-2 tsp of Swedish Savory Sweet in place of other spices on baked pears for a lovely spiced treat.

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