A match made in heaven?
I noticed him straight away. He was very tall and handsome and had luscious floppy hair. He was charming and confident with a cheeky smile to match.
He asked me where I was from and I said Sweden. He said he liked meatballs from IKEA. I asked where he was from. I said I really like a Sunday Roast.
We would end up being in the same class at Uni for three years but our love didn’t blossom until our third year when we were cast opposite each other in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Being a Swenglish family means we get to pick and choose the best bits from both cultures. I make foods that I love from home, as well as dishes from my new home country.
Some purist would say one shouldn’t mess with perfection but I think fusions enrich our lives.
So the humble Swedish meatball. And an English sausage roll.
I decided to marry the two and the result was beautiful.
Here is the recipe:
Jessica’s Swedish Meatball Sausage Rolls
Best served with a lingonberry jam creme fraiche dipping sauce on the side.
250g Beef Mince
250g Pork Mince
1 dl milk
1 dl single cream
1 dl crumbs
2 eggs (1 for the mixture, 1 for the egg wash)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sugar
Margarine (for frying the meatballs)
For the Dipping Sauce
⁃ Lingonberry Jam (Ocado and ScandiKitchen sells this in the U.K.)
⁃ Creme fraiche
Add your cream and milk to the breadcrumbs and let it stand for 10 minutes. Stir gently.
Put your Mince in a bowl and mix in your spices carefully, followed by your egg and lastly the breadcrumb/cream mixture.
Get your pan ready. Now wash your hands and get rolling! Start by rolling the meatballs and putting them one by one on a side plate, ready for some frying.
Once you’re done with the rolling, start frying! Make sure you shake the pan from time to time as you want an even cook.
Once cooked take them off the heat and let them cool completely.
Get your puff pastry and cut into thin strips.
Now roll your meatballs up into little rolls, just like you would a sausage roll.
Once you’ve wrapped the meatballs in pasty, get some egg wash on them. This will give the pastry a nice shine.
Put your meatball puff pastry roll into a hot oven (180, fan assisted) for about 10-5 minutes – or until the pastry is nice and golden.
In the meantime, mix your lingonberry jam with a bit or creme fraiche into a nice thick dipping sauce.
Take your meatball roll out of the oven and serve.