Summer frikadeller

Summer frikadeller

Scandinavian Comfort Food
Columbus Leth

Frikadeller, or meatballs, are served in most Scandinavian homes once a week. But this is not a Scandinavian recipe, because all food cultures have some kind of meatball. I love the idea that there are these dishes that connect food cultures around the world, because most food cultures evolve through exchange, such as trade, migration and travel. My recipe has also evolved from my grandmother’s recipe and makes a large quantity. Eat any leftovers cold, for example in a sandwich. If you don’t eat pork, then use only beef.


Quantity Ingredient

For the frikadeller

Quantity Ingredient
500g minced beef
500g minced pork
2 onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, grated
2 tablespoons thyme leaves, chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped
3 eggs
100g breadcrumbs
50g plain flour
200ml whole milk
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tablespoons butter
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the yogurt dressing

Quantity Ingredient
400ml greek yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped dill
2 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Classic potato salad, to serve


  1. To make the frikadeller, mix the minced (ground) meats, onion, garlic, thyme, chillies and eggs together and beat well. Stir in the breadcrumbs and flour and beat again. Lastly, mix in the milk and season with about 2 Tbsp salt and some pepper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  3. Use a spoon and one hand to shape the meatball mixture into small, round balls. Heat the olive oil and butter together in a large frying pan, add the meatballs and fry on all sides until golden brown. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and finish cooking in the oven for 10 minutes.
  4. While they are cooking, make the dressing. Mix the yogurt and lemon juice with the herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with the frikadeller and the potato salad.
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