I like visiting IKEA stores. And I like IKEA’s meatballs. They taste different from the meatballs I make. One day I wondered how they make the meatballs. I looked at the IKEA website, and found that the ingredients are Meat (Beef & Pork), Onion, Breadcrumbs, Egg, Water, Salt and Pepper. They are very basic ingredients for the meatballs.
I decided to pre-cook the onion using small amount of Butter. This mixture is quite soft and it is difficult to maintain the round ball shape when cook. I would bake them in the oven next time because it is much easier and healthier, and the meatballs can stay in the round shape.
Pork & Beef Mince 500g
Onion 1 *finely chopped
‘Panko’ Bread Crumbs 1 cup
Milk OR Cream 2 tablespoons
Salt 1/2 to 1 teaspoon *1 teaspoon is quite salty
White Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
Allspice OR Nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon *optional
Place the finely chopped Onion and Butter in a large heat-proof bowl, and cover with a large plate. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, mix, and heat 1 more minute.
Carefully take the bowl out, add cold Milk, mix well and let it cool slightly.
Add Bread Crumbs and mix well. Add Meat, Egg and seasoning ingredients, and mix to combine well. Roll the mixture into 2-3cm size balls.
*Note: Put some oil on your hands to work if the mixture is sticky.
Pork & Beef Mince is often quite fatty. If you have a non-stick frying pan, you can cook them without any extra oil or butter. If not non-stick, apply small amount of oil or butter in a heated frying pan over medium heat and cook the meatballs until browned all over.
*Note: Meatballs should be cooked by the time they are browned all over. If doubt, break one and check.
Alternatively, you can bake the meatballs in the oven. In the oven preheated to 200℃, bake for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are browned and cooked through.
Serve the meatballs with your favourite sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, pasta, or vegetables.