For years, people have been making treks to Ikea — the famously Swedish furnishings store — just to get their fix of Swedish meatballs. But guess what? Swedish meatballs aren’t actually Swedish. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know that — even the Swedes were confused. A little bit of digging has revealed that the dish was imported from Turkey to Sweden, brought back by Swedish King Charles the XXII, in the early 18th century. And if you can’t get to an Ikea, the recipe below makes it super easy to recreate the dish at home in your slow cooker.
This dish is so easy to make. Just mix the meat and add-ins, form the balls, and then put them into the slow cooker with some broth and seasonings before you head out for the day. When you get home, stir together some sour cream, flour, and pepper, and let it cook for another 30 minutes. All done!