There would be no Swedish cuisine without Swedish meatballs. It is "THE IT" dish of Sweden. However, Swedish meatballs are actually based on a Turkish recipe for meatballs or kofte. During his 5-year stay in the Ottoman Empire, Swedish King Charles XII tasted Turkish cuisine and fell in love with it. Particularly, he became fond of spiced lamb and beef meatballs, so much so that he brought the meatball recipe back with him when he returned to Sweden. Over time, the meatballs evolved and became a highly coveted Swedish dish.
One of the popular evolutions of Swedish meatballs involves preparing them in the Instant Pot. Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs are very similar to the traditional dish, but it is cooked for 20 minutes. To make the Swedish meatballs, the meatballs are seared and then pressure cooked for 4 minutes until they are tender. The meatballs are placed onto a platter then a mixture of cornstarch and heavy cream is added to thicken the sauce. The Swedish meatballs are doused with creamy sauce and a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley before serving to create the perfect gluten-free delicious dish that the entire family will love.
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