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Plant-Based Swedish Meatballs Arrive In IKEA Stores This Summer

In 2019, IKEA announced that they had begun developing a plant-based version of their iconic Swedish meatball. This was part of efforts to reduce the company’s climate footprint, meat being a big portion of that in the food department.

IKEA is now ready to unveil their plant balls to the world, and will do so starting this summer.

IKEA’s version of plant-based meat is based in yellow pea protein, and also uses ingredients like potato, apple, onion, oats, mushroom, tomato, and roasted vegetable powder. All of this gives a texture and flavor that gets pretty close to what one of the retailer’s original Swedish meatballs tastes like.

In terms of sustainability, IKEA claims that the plant-based meatballs have just 4% of the climate footprint of the meat versions. “If we were to convert about 20% of our meatball sales to plant balls that would mean around 8% reduction of our climate footprint for the food business at IKEA,” added Sharla Halvorson, Health & Sustainability Manager for IKEA’s global food business.

The fact that IKEA was able to develop their own plant-based meatball version is remarkable, and I’m definitely curious to see how it tastes like in a standard Swedish meatball plate.

IKEA will start selling the meatballs in Europe in August of 2020, and they will arrive in the United States on September 28th, 2020. They’ll be sold in bulk frozen bags you can purchase in the grocery section, or as an alternative to the classic meatballs on their Swedish meatball plate — cream sauce, lingonberry jam, potatoes, and veggies all included.

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IKEA Just Gave Away Their Famous Meatball Recipe

With everyone chilling at home these last c0uple months, many major brands have been giving way their secret recipes for home cooks to recreate without having to leave the house.

Next up in this trend is IKEA UK who just shared their famous Meatball recipe on Twitter:

The recipe itself reads like an IKEA instruction manual, which for some can be a bit of a traumatic experience. However, if you can get past that, you pretty much will have your house smelling like delicious meatballs in no time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Meatballs

  • 500g of beef mince
  • 250g of pork mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper

Cream Sauce

  • oil
  • 40g of butter
  • 40g of plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

It should be noted that this recipe comes from IKEA UK, so we’re not entirely sure how similar they would taste to the ones in the United States. Still, the closer they are to Sweden, the more delicious they should be.

Wonder when KFC’s going to release their guarded secret recipe?

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Plant-Based

Ikea Is Now Serving Plant-Based Swedish Meatballs

Photo: SoDelicious

Ikea meatballs are one of the most famous dishes out there thanks to the home decor chain being all over the world and people enjoying a plate of such meatballs after they buy furniture or decide to break up in the store. So now that meat alternatives are very much “in”, the chain announced that we’ll be having plant-based Ikea meatballs in the future. 

How do we feel about this? First of all, I’m sorry I projected my own personal issues with couple fights in Ikea, but it is something that happens. And it’s been spoofed in a famous show like 30 Rock.

That was a very relatable episode. But beyond that, the idea of plant-based Ikea meatballs is at the same time pretty great and also a bit weird? If we want to continue living on this planet, then we surely have to eat less meat in the future. Not to mention be kinder to animals.

But you have to admit it’s pretty strange to call something “plant-based” and “meatballs” in the same breath, right? Ikea had already introduced a dish called “veggie balls” in 2015 and that sounds like a much better name for that context.

No matter what I think, though, I guess the Swedish chain wanted to capitalize on brand recognition so I’m expecting this to work out well for them. “We see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options and we want to meet that need,” managing director at Ikea Food Services AB Michael La Cour said in a statement. “Our ambition is to make healthier and more sustainable eating easy, desirable, and affordable, without comprising on taste and texture.”

Ikea also mentions that they’re “collaborating with some of the leading suppliers within the industry doing the first tests and tastings of the plant-based alternative protein meatball”. We hope the results will be good.

The chain wants to add plant-based Ikea meatballs in their menus sometime next year.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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How To Perfectly Recreate IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs At Home [WATCH]

We all go to IKEA for two very specific reasons: to purchase some new, easy-to-assemble furniture, and to eat some of their world-famous Swedish meatballs. All of their food courts have these little morsels of pure bliss, coated in a creamy brown sauce, served with bright lingonberry jam, and creamy mashed potatoes for a meal that beats any other one you can find in a grocery store food court.

While everybody purchases bags of these meatballs and jars of lingonberry jam to recreate the experience at home, we all know that food is best when fresh-made. If you’re looking for a dope recipe to recreate IKEA’s signature food from scratch, look no further than YouTube channel SORTEDfood.

The boys at SORTED came up with a Swedish meatball recipe that’ll make you think you’re sitting in an IKEA food court while at your dining room table. While they did throw in a few twists, like adding some fresh herbs and mixing lingonberry jam into the sauce, the whole plate of meatballs, sauce, jam, and mashed potatoes that the channel comes up with looks almost exactly like IKEA’s version.

Considering just how addictive IKEA’s meatballs can be, that’s some pretty high praise.