Swedish Meatballs – A Gluten Free Meatball Recipe

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Gluten-Free Prune Swedish Meatballs

Do you put prunes in your Swedish Meatballs? I mean, it’s kind of one of those if-you-know-you-know situations. This recipe for Swedish Meatballs, tastes a lot like other recipes for Swedish Meatballs. But also somehow better. The prune purée added to the meatballs lends a subtle sweetness and true depth of flavor that is really darn tasty. We love this gluten free meatball recipe and think you will too!

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Recipe card updated 1/10/23

Why Prunes?

Prunes are a total nutritional powerhouse, adding phosphorus, magnesium, iron, vitamin K and potassium to the dish. I also recently read that prunes are good for people with osteoporosis (which this “lucky” celiac was diagnosed with when I was only 36). If that’s the case I’ll put prunes in anything I can.

This recipe for Prune Swedish Meatballs is 100% gluten-free, and 100% delicious. It is the perfect comfort food, especially when served over creamy mashed potatoes, rice or gluten-free noodles. I always double the recipe for my crew of 5. If I want enough leftovers for the freezer I quadruple it. Serve it topped with lots of fresh dill and a dollop of leftover prune purée, if you’re feeling it. This easy recipe is one the whole family will love.

When things get weird, (and I think we can all agree that things are really weird right now), it seems like we are universally called back into the kitchen to make comfort food. And due to the COVID-19 lockdown measures in place in many communities across the country, most of us are looking for foods that are:

  • batchable & freezable
  • have ingredients that are shelf-stable (like California Prunes)
  • comforting and delicious 

This gluten free meatball recipe is just that! So as we hunker down at home in sometimes less than ideal circumstances, remember to be supportive, be kind, be patient and be well (and well fed). We are all in this long strange trip together. ♥

Gluten-Free Prune Swedish Meatballs

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Prune Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs – A Gluten Free Meatball Recipe

Alison Needham
This updated recipe for Swedish Meatballs made with California Prunes is 100% gluten-free, and 100% delicious. It is the perfect comfort food, especially when served over creamy mashed potatoes, rice or gluten-free noodles. I always double the recipe for my crew of 5. If I want enough leftovers for the freezer I quadruple it. Serve it topped with lots of fresh dill and a dollop of leftover prune purée if you’re feeling it. This easy recipe is one the whole family will love.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 491 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Tear bread into 1-inch pieces. Soak in milk with salt, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, and pepper.
  • While bread is soaking, heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a sauté pan; add onion and sauté about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent; cool. In a large bowl, mix pork, beef, egg yolk, bread mixture, onion and prune purée. Chill for 30 minutes to make it easier to form into balls.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Divide meatball mixture into 20 portions. Moisten your fingers with water and gently roll mixture into balls. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake meatballs about 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  • While meatballs are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a sauté pan. Add flour and whisk for about 2 minutes; add broth and sour cream and simmer, whisking constantly, until lightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Return meatballs to pan and bring to a simmer.
  • Garnish with fresh dill.

Notes

How to make prune puree:

  • 16 ounces pitted California prunes
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Directions:

Combine the prunes and water in a blender. Pulse to combine, then blend until smooth, pourable consistency forms, scraping the sides if necessary. 
Store the purée in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 23gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 1183mgPotassium: 525mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 431IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Gluten Free Meatball Recipe, Gluten Free Meatballs, Meatballs with Prunes, Swedish Meatballs
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6 Comments

  1. Meatballs for dinner. Pencilled it into my 21-day food planner. Yep, I am under complete lockdown and these recipes are keeping me sane. Kitchen is my place of refuge. Believe it or not but yesterday, late at night I sat down to make this insane 21-day BF/Lunch/Dinner Planner. LOL. Thank you for sharing this. Stay safe and sending you prayers.

  2. Can’t wait to try these. I just started working from home last week so I have no excuses not to make my own food now. Honestly, I’m not much of a cook, but if there ever was a time to learn it’s now. Wish me luck!

    1. You’ve got this! Even if they are ugly, they are still going to taste delish! 😉

  3. Thanks for sharing your creativity. The only advantage of the quarantine is we have enough time now to try some new recipes.

  4. Maritess Ramos says:

    Where do you put the egg yolk?

    1. You add it to the beef/pork mixture. I just updated the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out!

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