Low carb Swedish meatballs make a delicious easy main course, a yummy appetizer you can keep warm in a slow cooker, and also on your holiday table. My family simply gobbled up these delicious low carb, gluten free and keto Swedish meatballs and wished I’d doubled the batch! The meatballs in cream sauce are also keto, gluten-free and sugar free.
I recently got back from a Scandinavian cruise with my mom and sister, the first thing on my mind was re-creating low carb versions of all the delicious Scandinavian foods we came across in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
I admit, my plan at first was to create a low carb Swedish meatball recipe in a crock-pot, but having to stand over the stove frying the balls batch by batch before cooking them in a slow cooker (as many recipes advise us to do) was a huge turn-off.
Instead, I simply baked the meatballs for only 18 minutes in the oven like we do with other family favorite meatball recipes, and added the low carb meatballs to a cream sauce that simmered on the stove top.
It was SO QUICK AND EASY! You can literally whip up delicious low carb Swedish meatballs in under 40 minutes!
This keto meatball recipe got rave reviews from my husband and teen son, the pan was half gone in an instant and we never actually sat down to have a normal dinner.
When I’m either creating recipes or just cooking, I always try to use up what I have at home first and commonly make substitutions. I have a new secret ingredient that turned these low carb Swedish meatballs into “wow!” that will now always be my go-to ingredient for this meatball in cream sauce recipe.
Swedish Meatballs Ingredients
1 lb gr beef
1 lb gr Italian pork sausage
1/2 c almond flour
1/2 c finely chopped onions
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
So What’s the Secret Ingredient?
The secret ingredient I mentioned earlier is actually the Italian pork sausage! Most Scandinavian meatball recipes mix equal parts ground beef and ground pork sausage, which by the way, is so much better than just using ground beef for any meatball recipe. I had ground Italian pork sausage on hand, and oh my, the extra seasoning in the mild Italian sausage combined with the yummy onion, nutmeg, garlic and flavorful cream sauce, really made these low carb Swedish meatballs extra delicious!
Low Carb Meatballs in Cream Sauce Instructions
Using a large mixing bowl, combine both meats with the almond flour, finely chopped onions, parsley, garlic salt, pepper and nutmeg.
While, according to my grandma, mixing ground meats with your clean hands works best, if that isn’t your style, using a mixer on low setting works even better!
Once the meats and remaining meatball ingredients are combined, roll them into 1.5 inch balls and space evenly apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
In an oven that was preheated to 425, bake the meatballs on the center rack for 18-20 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking, add the ingredients to a large pan and simmer the ingredients. I’d recommend starting the sauce 10-15 minutes into the baking time since it’ll heat up quickly.
Cream Sauce Ingredients
4 T butter
3 T cream cheese, melted in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
1 c beef broth
1 c heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt or to taste
Once the meatballs are done fully cooking in the oven, carefully add the meatballs to the low carb cream sauce and simmer until all is heated through and the sauce is lightly bubbling.
Serve the low carb Swedish meatballs with a chopped parsley garnish. Enjoy!