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Dinner for Two: IKEA-Inspired Swedish Meatballs and Smashed Potatoes

Dinner for Two Kerry Saretsky 9 comments

Yes, I often do break down and buy the huge sack of frozen meatballs (see our full review of IKEA's food here), but I thought there had to be a fresher and almost as easy way of making killer Swedish meatballs. And there is! More

Taste Test: (Almost) All of the IKEA Food

Taste Tests Erin Zimmer 57 comments

Are IKEA's frozen meatballs as springy as the SULTAN FLORVÅG foam mattress? Could the Swedish pancakes be as warm and soft as the MYSA RÖNN comforter? We tasted as much as we could fit into our big blue bags. There were some winners, some losers, and some fish pastes in toothpaste tubes. More

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

Cereal Eats Leandra Palermo 15 comments

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

Pizza at IKEA: No Assembly Required

Slice David Kover 15 comments

Follow your nose to Ikea's Bistro/Exit Cafe, and you can fortify yourself with a cinnamon bun—or a slice of Ikea's own pizza. A slice goes for $1.75, just undercutting the price at Costco's food court. It's $2.50 for a slice-and-soda package deal. More

Deal of the Day: Ikea

New York Erin Zimmer 2 comments

Wednesday is rib night at Ikea, so get on that special bus or water taxi to Red Hook. For $7.99, you get half a rack of baby back ribs, fries, and corn bread. Served from 4 p.m. until closing every... More

Red Hook Ikea Will Serve Valentine's Day Dinner

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

The $19.90 Valentine's Day meal deal mentioned on Serious Eats applies to the Red Hook location, for the record.... More

Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at Ikea for Under $20

Erin Zimmer 6 comments

Because plastic trays and buffet lines do have a curious romantic quality, take your sugarbuns to Ikea. Updated: At select U.S. stores from 5:30 to 8 p.m., couples can feed each other "Salmon Wellington, divine rice pilaf and some Sweetie-Baby carrots with Cha-Cha-chive sauce" plus a free bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling cider for $19.90. At Canadian outlets after 3 p.m., the deal includes "steak, mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and sautéed onions topped with a brandy peppercorn sauce," finished off with a piece of cake for $19.98. More

Blogwatch: Swedish Meatballs with Nutmeg Gravy

Grace Kang Post a comment

Love Ikea's meatballs, but can't bear to make the trek out there? Heather, of Gild the (Voodoo)lily, has the solution. Homemade meatballs + creamy sauce + buttered noodles = comfort wrapped in a nutmeg blanket. Bring a plate of this over to the fire and settle in for a cozy evening, sans Ikea parking lot slush. Previously: Ikea Groceries: Some Assembly Required... More

Ikea Groceries: Some Assembly Required

Michele Humes 28 comments

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

$3.59 Caviar at Ikea

Kerry Saretsky 19 comments

Abba Seafood AB With financial giants collapsing all around us, caviar may seem like a bit of a faux-pas, an extraneous luxury. Lobster costs around $30 per pound, and truffles are going for $160 an ounce. But you don’t have to give up the good life—if you buy your caviar at Ikea. The Ikea Swedish Food Market stocks ABBA’s 80-gram jars of chilled lumpfish caviar for a meager $3.59, which ABBA claims gives your food the “extra-luxurious edge of perfection,” and which Ikea urges you to serve on canapés. Sounds like recession luxe to me. Have any of you tried it? If so, what did you think?... More

Reviewed: 99-Cent Ikea Chocolate

Raphael 6 comments

Photograph by Robyn Lee. Ikea recently launched their own line of chocolate bars, all German-made with three different varieties: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and hazelnut. Coming in at 99 cents per 100 gram bar, Ikea even sweetens the deal by offering three for $2.70. At that price point, you really can't have high expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised. The milk and dark chocolates were distinctly German, tasting similar to Kinder, but had an aftertaste that was subtly reminiscent of cheap Easter chocolate. The hazelnut variety was the clear winner, a resounding favorite in the Serious Eats office. All three would do well in, say, chocolate chip cookies. They're also good on their own, beating the pants off of grocery... More

Free Breakfast at Ikea This Weekend

Raphael 3 comments

If you were planning this weekend to hit your local Ikea to get a Flurvig, a Granvik, a Göllusk, a Yerkvar, or any of their other fine Swedish flat-pack sundries and goods, you're in luck. You don't have to do it hungry because Ikea is giving away free breakfast until 10:30 AM all weekend (with the help of this handy coupon). (Sorry Hicksville, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Seattle: the offer isn't valid at your stores.) Ikea's breakfast has always been a cheap lure (99 cents) to get people into the store early, but this weekend it's free—and it includes bacon. Free bacon! Related: The Food at Ikea: Cheap and Good... More

Ikea Water Taxi to the Ballfields is Still Free... For Now

New York Zach Brooks Post a comment

Contrary to rumors, the Ikea Water Taxi hack we discovered a few months back is still free, even if you are not shopping at Ikea. However, if you are planning on taking it to the ballfields this weekend, be prepared... More

Photo of the Day: What Gordon Bought at Ikea

Robyn Lee 4 comments

"This isn't food related," you say? Ah, but you haven't read Gordon Mark's caption to the posable wooden model he bought at Ikea: "He's holding something (a watermelon) and running (to a BBQ)." Use your imagination—it's totally there. Related Meet & Eat: Gordon Mark, Serious Eats Intern The Food at Ikea: Cheap and Good... More

The Food at Ikea: Cheap and Good

New York Gordon Mark 16 comments

The food at Ikea might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Ikea, but I had heard the food was good, cheap and worthwhile. That said, I went yesterday to check out what they had to offer. More

Homemade Ikea Meatballs

Alaina Browne 6 comments

If you don't want to fight the masses of grumpy furniture shoppers for your Ikea meatball fix, you can make them at home, thanks to this recipe for Meatballs with Cream Sauce from Ikea’s Real Swedish Book. Don't have the rusk flour the recipe calls for? No worries, breadcrumbs are a fine substitute.... More

Eater's Sneak Peek at Ikea Chow

New York Adam Kuban 3 comments

Because the first thing you think of when you think Ikea is food (What's that? You think hex-head wrenches?), Eater has a sneak peek at some of the Swedish smörgåsbord that will be on offer at the Red Hook... More

Ikea Hack: Free Ferry and Bus Service Will Give Easy Access to Red Hook Ball Field Vendors

New York Adam Kuban 15 comments

The food-related buzz about the Red Hook Ikea in Brooklyn so far has been that the cafe there will serve "unspecified New York specialties" in addition to the usual meatball fare. But the real story is this, ladies and and gents: The Red Hook vendors will now be easily accessible from Manhattan via the Ikea Ferry. More

2008 Ikea Kitchen Porn

Harold Check 5 comments

The latest Ikea catalog recently hit mailboxes and the web. Most of us probably have a little Ikea in our kitchens, whether it's just a paper-towel holder or an entire suite of cabinets and cupboards. For 2008, trends seem to be primary colors, openess, and wall-mounted bars for hanging all manner of kitchen gear. After the jump, a few snapshots to whet your appetite.... More

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