1 Jar of Lingonberry Jam (A traditional accompaniment to Swedish meatballs)
|Making the Sauce|
Once the sauce was heated, and had thickened up a bit, I poured it over the meatballs.
|Yum Yum Yum|
|COOK COOK COOK|
The fish balls were a little bit of a challenge for me in that I have never cooked fish balls before. But I figured why not brown them up the same way I had cooked the potato patties. To accompany the fish balls I made a little bit of tartar sauce,using mayo,dill, onion, dill pickle relish, salt and pepper.
|Fiskbullar Buljong ( Fish Balls)|
The Swedish Meatballs were superb. Being rich and flavorful. The lingonberry jam made an excellent accompaniment to the meatballs. Lingonberries taste a lot like cranberries, so when you mix a little with the meatballs, you get that Thanksgiving flavor that you get when you mix cranberry sauce with turkey and stuffing.
The potato patties were decent. Being pretty much your standard potato pancake. By themselves they were not very remarkable, but when dipped into the meatball sauce they were pretty good.
The fish balls were the low-light of the meal as I expected. They tasted similar to imitation crab meat (Surimi) with a very weird gelatinous texture, plus they were a little fishier tasting. Even my great tartar sauce could not rescue these things. While they were not throw up in your mouth bad, they just were not all that impressive. Hell, you might as well saute up a real fish fillet if you want fish.
|Swedish Feast = Nom Nom Nom|
Really cant complain about this meal. For under $15.00 dollars you could feed 6 people, and have fish balls left over to feed the dog. When I go back to Ikea, I will without hesitation grab some more meatballs and sauce. The fish balls will be substituted with something else however.
Swedish Meatballs and Sauce: 9/10
Potato Patties: 6/10
Fish Balls: 4/10
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