IKEA – furniture, meatballs and gravy!

They don't just make cheap furniture - IKEA inspired meatballs and gravy.

Not content with providing affordable, stylish furniture to the masses IKEA also do awesome meatballs! And when Jo and I take our monthly trip (this isn’t planned we just seem to gravitate towards it once a month for our scandinavian fix) we always have them, with gravy of course!

The key ingredients that give the two elements their distinctive flavour are all spice (meatballs) and soy sauce (gravy). The sauce is so simple you can knock it up in no time and with the meatballs made ahead (also very easy) this makes a quick and tasty dinner. Firstly, the meatballs:

  • 1lb mince pork
  • 1lb mince beef
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1lb floury potatoes (peeled, boiled and mashed)
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp all spice
  • 1/2 tbsp white pepper
  • Good pinch of salt
  • Glug of olive oil

Mix everything bar the potato and oil together in a large bowl. Once fully mixed stir in the potato and oil. Using the palms of your hands roll into approx 50 small balls and place in an oven proof dish and cook at 180 °C for 30 – 35 mins. Freeze in batches for future use. These meatballs also go well with the idiot proof make ahead tomato sauce that I’ve mentioned in previous posts for another quick and simple meal.

Next up, the gravy:

  • Heaped tbsp butter
  • Heaped tbsp flour
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 100 ml Cream/Milk
  • 2 tsp soya sauce
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a pan and add the flour to make a roux. Fry for a few minutes. Add the beef stock and bring to the boil, add the soy sauce and simmer for a few minutes until thickened. Take off the heat and stir in the cream/milk. Add salt and white pepper to taste but be careful with the white pepper! As I discovered on my first batch it can quickly over power. Pour over the meatballs, close your eyes and imagine you are in a Birstall retail park situated just of junction 27 of the M62. Bliss.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jo says:

    Beautiful Birstall. Surely we don’t actually go once a month, do we?! That will explain the over abundance of tea lights… x

  2. Mick & Daina says:

    Last time I went to Ikea, it was Bank Holiday, some drivers were intent on impersonating Freddy Kruger, the M621 roundabout had almost become a car park, and I didn’t even have any meatballs to compensate for the nightmare. I love shopping!
    This week’s acronym: Monthly expedition amassing tealights, but also lunching like Swedes.

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