IKEA meatballs and homemade gravy

The whole point of going to IKEA is to eat a massive plate of meatballs and tatties, with gravy and ligonberry preserve on the side. Fact. I always go for the largest plate – 20 meatballs of Swedish joy.

And we always take a bag of meatballs home with us (enough for two meals) for the freezer. But this last time I only bought one sachet of gravy mix – rookie mistake! I thought there was no chance of finding a recipe that’d do their delicious gravy justice – but I was wrong. This gravy tastes like the real thing, and is so simple. I think I’d make this again with dishes other than meatballs, but substitute the cream with milk for less calories.

100ml cream
200ml beef stock
Soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour
Salt and pepper

Heat beef stock in a pan. Add cream and heat through (but don’t bring to the boil yet).

Mix the cornflour with a little of the warm sauce to make a paste – add to the pan nad keep stirring until it comes to the boil and thickens.

Season well with salt and pepper, and soy sauce to taste.

Serve the gravy with IKEA meatballs, freshly boiled potatoes, lingonberry preserve and salad.

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