Last week I talked a little about Passover and my family. Specifically my nanny (also known as grandma). This little lady (little, like me), is extremely special to me.  She is also a mean cook in the kitchen. I’ve learned many tricks of the trade from her, especially when it comes to Holiday cooking.

When she gave me her Swedish Meatballs and Rolled Cabbage recipe, I knew it was something I wanted to adapt to be a tad cleaner. After a few trial and errors, I’ve made a sauce almost identical to Nanny’s. While this isn’t your tradition Swedish meatball (I realized this when I started to research), it is our family’s version of a sweet and sour meatball dish. Whichever name you choose, these meatballs will be a hit with your family! 

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Nanny's Swedish Meatballs
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1 lb. grass-fed beef
  2. 2 tbsp almond meal
  3. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  4. 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  5. 1 egg
  1. 2 cans Muir Glen organic tomato sauce
  2. 1/2 fresh pineapple juice
  3. 1/2 cup crushed pineapple (cut pineapple into fine pieces and crush with fork)
  4. 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I buy cranberries made without refined sugar)
  5. 2 tbsp raw honey
  6. 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  7. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  8. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  9. 1/2 tbsp Himalayan sea salt, more to taste
  1. 1. In a large pot add all sauce ingredients
  2. 2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, taste and adjust spices as necessary
  3. 3. In a bowl, combine meat, egg, salt, pepper, and almond meal, mix well and roll into balls
  4. 4. Add 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to a pan
  5. 5. Add meatballs and let brown on each side for 2-4 minutes
  6. 6. Remove meatballs and place into simmering sauce
  7. 7. Let cook for an additional 5-10 minutes over low heat and serve
Adapted from Nanny's Original Recipe
Adapted from Nanny's Original Recipe
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Swedishmeatballs What is your favorite type of meatballs? Do you have any great family recipes?