IKEA Publishes Meatball Recipe for Devoted Fans in Quarantine Pining After the Store’s Beloved Cafés

In addition to being renowned for their inclusivity, sustainable practices, philanthropy, and sheer genius for innovation, IKEA is also beloved for the Swedish meatballs served in their cafés.

So while the furniture chain may have temporarily shuttered its doors amidst the novel coronavirus outbreaks, they recently published a homemade meatball recipe for their devoted fans to try in quarantine.

Although it is not the same iconic meatball recipe that is used in their stores, it does employ an intricate cream sauce which IKEA management says is a worthy alternative to the original.

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“We know that some people might be missing our meatballs, which is why we’ve released an at-home alternative which, using easily accessible ingredients, will help those looking for some inspiration in the kitchen,” said IKEA Country Food Manager Lorena Lourido in a statement.

The meatballs themselves calls for 500 grams (2 cups) of beef mince (or beef substitute), 250 grams (1 cup) of pork mince (or pork substitute), 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1 egg, 100 grams (1/2 cup) of breadcrumbs, and 5 tablespoons of whole milk (or milk substitute).

The sauce, meanwhile, calls for oil, butter, plain flour, vegetable stock, beef stock, thick double cream, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard.

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Although there is some assembly to the recipe required, the IKEA UK social media pages says the recipe can serve four people—roughly 16 to 20 meatballs.

“Staying at home can be hard, but we want to help make everyone’s lives that little bit easier and more enjoyable,” concluded Lourido. “Bon appétit or, smaklig måltid, as we say in Sweden!”

This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here—and if you end up making the meatball recipe, let us know how it goes in the comments below!

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