'Swedish' on Serious Eats

How to Make the Best Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs, stars of 1960s-era cocktail parties and IKEA shopping trips, are, on the surface, pretty simple: a mix of pork and beef that's lightly spiced and served with a rich gravy. Getting them just right, though, requires some fine-tuned tinkering. Here's our ultimate version, as good on a plate with buttery potatoes and lingonberry jam as speared on a toothpick. More

Juicy and Tender Swedish Meatballs With Rich Gravy

Swedish meatballs, stars of 1960s-era cocktail parties and IKEA shopping trips, are, on the surface, pretty simple: a mix of pork and beef that's lightly spiced and served with a rich gravy. Getting them just right, though, requires some fine-tuned tinkering. Here's our ultimate version, as good on a plate with buttery potatoes and lingonberry jam as speared on a toothpick. More

Cereal Eats: IKEA's 'Good For You' Brand of Muesli

Muesli is the healthy, more responsible older cousin of the reckless and life-ruining granola. Slathered in sweetness and baked to an irresistible crunchiness, granola is a ruthless calorie giant. Muesli, however, remains raw, naked and rather simple, usually comprised of grains and dried fruits and nothing more. After furniture-shopping for the SE office, we picked up a bag of the Good For You brand from IKEA. More

A Guide to Norwegian (and Some Swedish) Candy

Faced with nearly 30 kinds of candies that are popular in Norway, I reverted to my excited five-year-old self after a prolific night of trick-or-treating. Click through the slideshow to get an overview of popular Norwegian (and some Swedish; there's candy overlap between these neighboring countries) chewy candies, hard candies, chocolate bars, chocolate not-bars, and licorice. More

Culinary Ambassadors: The Semla, Sweden's Way of Fattening Up Before Lent

In the old days, fasting before Easter was part of the Swedish tradition. To be able to survive fasting during a time of year when Sweden is coldest, dark, and snowy, it was important to stock up on calories. One way of doing this was through a pastry called the semla, also called "fastlagsbulle." It had everything required for a food item whose main purpose was to help us efficiently store calories: white flour, plenty of sugar, and plenty of fat. More

Seriously Scandinavian: Swedish Meatballs

Where do you start a journey through the Scandinavian kitchen? Well, perhaps with the most iconic Scandinavian dish of them all. Swedish meatballs. Now, first of all, we need to settle something: Mom's meatballs are always the best in the world. Regardless of the Mom. And perhaps even regardless of the meatballs. Just like Italian sons and daughters have their mother's cooking as a frame of reference for good food, Mom's meatballs have the same function in Sweden. More

Ikea Groceries: Some Assembly Required

Food is an integral part of the Ikea experience. For many people, myself included, the trip begins with a helping of steam-table meatballs and ends with a 50¢ hot dog. Somehow, though, the little grocery store just past the checkout never gets much love. The lure of the wiener stand, presumably, is too great. But I was curious. Since everything else in my kitchen comes from the Scandinavian megastore, it seemed logical to slap some Ikea food on my Ikea plates. So, with the Swedish Chef as my muse, I decided to see what I could assemble from Ikea's grocery offerings.... More

Don't Want a Whole Bottle of Wine? Try a Can

There's already a brand of wine in a can, but this wine can prototype designed by Jens Andersson and Jonas Forsman stands out from other canned beverages with its elegant contoured shape and black matte finish. The Wine-can won first prize for the 2005 Swedish Aluminium Packaging Design Award and prizes for Best Environmentally-Adapted and Best Design Student. Investors, get in on this! Related FIT Grads Design Funky Food Labels Beautiful Mustard Jars with Die-Cut Labels Pretty Food Packaging from Switzerland... More

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