A blend of ground meat (often a combination of beef, pork or veal), sautéed onions, milk-soaked breadcrumbs, beaten egg and seasonings. This mixture is formed into small (½-inch) balls before being sautéed until brown. Swedish meatballs are served in a pale brown cream sauce made by combining the pan drippings with cream or milk. They're a popular buffet item or hot appetizer and are seen on most Swedish smorgasbords.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.