I couldn't resist saying this recipe was inspired by IKEA. Have you ever had the Swedish meatballs in the store's cafeteria? They're so tasty.
I wanted to make something similar to those, but I didn't feel like rolling the meat into so many little balls, then frying them on the stove. And although I have a great recipe for meatballs that are baked, not fried, it's not what I was in the mood for so much today.
I also wanted to incorporate my father-in-law's secret meatloaf ingredient. (See if you can guess which one that is...)
I knew the sauce served with IKEA's meatballs was going to be tricky. I wanted to combine the gravy -- a plain white gravy -- with the fruity side served with it, which I think is cranberry, into one sauce. After a little trial and error, I came up with a sour cream-strawberry-pepper sauce that I think is amazing! Try it out for yourself.
IKEA-inspired meatloaf (makes 8 servings)
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground turkey
1 egg white
1/3 cup milk
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1-1/2 cups crushed garlic bagel chips
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
a few dashes of black pepper
1.) Put crushed bagel chips in a bowl with the milk; let them soak up the liquid for a few minutes.
2.) Combine that with the rest of the ingredients, and mix well by hand.
3.) Put in a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
4.) Serve with sweet sour cream-pepper gravy on the side (below).
Sweet sour cream & black pepper gravy (makes 1-1/2 cups)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chicken broth
1-1/2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons strawberry fruit spread (try to find the no-sugar-added kind)
1/2 cup sour cream
salt to taste
lots of freshly ground black pepper (don't be shy here)
1.) Heat butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and chicken broth, and simmer, stirring, for about 3 minutes. Use a whisk to make sure lumps are removed.
2.) Reduce heat to low, and stir in the jelly and sour cream. Add salt and pepper. Serve this -- on the side -- with meatloaf. Some people don't like sweet food as much as I do!