Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs
I love these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs, and they’re baked instead of fried for easier preparation. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more low-carb recipes like this one.
I’m always happy when I can get a halfway decent photograph of meat, especially ground meat, and these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs that I first posted in 2007 were desperately in need of a photo update! The recipe was inspired by Oven-Baked Swedish Meatballs from a Swedish food blog called Anne’s Food, but if your experience to Swedish Meatballs is limited to Ikea Swedish Meatballs, it might be only the seasonings used in this recipe that are familiar.
What I loved about Anne’s recipe is the finely chopped onion, that she didn’t use breadcrumbs or serve the meatballs with a creamy gravy, and the way they were baked instead of fried, and when I made these again for new photos I took it one step healthier and switched out half the meat for ground turkey sausage. I tested the recipe with my niece Kara, and we both thought they were delicious. If you don’t care about making the meatballs lower in fat you could also use all ground beef, half ground pork, or half pork sausage.
Of course not using breadcrumbs makes these delicious meatballs Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, and the meatballs also Can Be Paleo if you use approved meats. They’re also South Beach Phase One, and back in April 2013 I added them to the list for a new photo, so I’m happy they finally made it to the front of the line!
I used half lean ground beef and half ground turkey sausage, but use the meat combination that you prefer. Crumble meat into a bowl and let it come to room temperature. Be sure the onion is very finely minced so it can be well-distributed through the meat. (I used my beloved Cuisinart Food Processor to chop the onion, which worked well.) Add the onions and spices to the bowl, and gently mix with clean hands; then use a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon to scoop out meatballs and form them with your hands.
We used two different baking racks that we rigged up from what I had in my kitchen, but the meatballs on the wire rack definitely cooked more quickly and browned better on all sides. Cooking on a rack like this is probably not 100% necessary, but when you use ground turkey there will be some liquid that oozes out and baking on a rack lets that drip down away from the meatballs. Spray the rack with olive oil and bake meatballs 20-30 minutes until they’re slightly browned and cooked through. (We turned the ones on the rack with smaller holes half way through, but the ones on the wire rack didn’t need to be turned.)
Make it a Meal: For a low-carb meal serve with something like Many Peppers Greek Salad or Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.
More Tasty Meatballs You Might Like:
Dagmar’s Spicy Meatballs ~ Nami-Nami
Low-Carb Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greektown Turkey Meatballs ~ The Perfect Pantry
Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs
I love these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs, and they’re baked instead of fried for easier preparation.
- 1 lb. very lean ground beef (less than 10% fat)
- 1 lb lean ground turkey breakfast sausage or lean ground turkey (You can also use all ground beef, half ground pork, or half pork sausage if you don’t care about making it low in fat.)
- 1 onion, diced very small
- 1 T garlic puree (also called ground garlic)
- 1/2 tsp. Veg-Sal or 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Put meat in mixing bowl and allow to come to room temperature while you finely chop onion. (I used my beloved Cuisinart Food Processor to chop the onion, which worked well.)
- When the meat is room temperature, mix in onions, garlic, Veg-Sal, pepper, ginger, cardamom, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix with your clean hands just until spices and meats are well combined; don’t over-mix the ingredients.
- Mist pan or grilling rack with olive oil or non-stick spray. (Baking on a wire rack with a baking sheet underneath it will make the meatballs cook more evenly and it also lets any liquid that oozes out drip down away from the meatballs. This is especially important if you use ground turkey.)
- Use a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon to measure out meat, forming small meatballs by rolling with your hands and placing them on the rack as you go.
- Bake until meatballs are slightly browned and cooked through, 20-30 minutes. Serve hot.
This recipe was originally from Anne’s Food, and slightly adapted by Kalyn.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With low-fat ground beef and low-fat ground turkey sausage or ground turkey, these Low-Carb Baked Swedish Meatballs are a good dish for all phases of the South Beach Diet, and also good for any type of low-carb diet, including Keto. The meatballs are even Paleo Whole 30 if you use approved meats! (People following low-carb diets might want to use meat with more fat; take your choice on that.)
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