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What to Serve with Swedish Meatballs

Discover what to serve with Swedish meatballs, a savory main dish consisting of juicy meatballs simmered in creamy gravy. Whether you’re looking for more traditional options or other comfort-food favorites, there are plenty of dishes to pair with your Swedish meatballs.

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What are Swedish Meatballs?

Swedish meatballs, which are a popular dish across Europe, have an interesting origin story. They actually originated in Turkey and were enjoyed by King Charles XII during one of his travels. He was so fond of them that he decided to bring the recipe back with him to Sweden. Eventually, the dish became a household staple and a traditional part of holiday feasts.

Start with a Recipe for Swedish Meatballs

The dish comes together with hand-mixed meatballs and a béchamel sauce flavored with beef broth, fresh parsley, dried dill, and Worcestershire.

A saute pan full of IKEA Swedish meatballs.

Traditional Sides

1. Lingonberry Jam

Two jars of lingionberry jam.
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Lingonberry Jam is similar to cranberry sauce but made with a Nordic berry; it’s a classic side to pair with Swedish Meatballs and comes together in 15 minutes!

2. Pressgurka

Pressgurka arranged in a swirl on a plate.

Pressgurka is a quick pickled salad that is a perfect combination of sweet and sour. Pair the pressed cucumbers with savory dishes like meatballs.

Other Sides to Serve with Swedish Meatballs

3. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes in a bowl and topped with herbs.
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Mashed potatoes give you all that wintry, comfort food goodness. It’s a tasty side dish that is simple to make and ready in less than 30 minutes.

4. Roasted Green Beans

A close up of green beans and lemon wedges.
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Roasted green beans are fresh green beans coated in butter, garlic, olive oil, and herbs, then cooked at high heat until tender and browned – a super easy side dish recipe and the absolute best way to enjoy green beans!

5. Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower in a serving bowl with a tab of butter.

Mashed cauliflower is easy to make and a perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes alongside the meatballs.

6. Swedish Potatoes

Swedish potatoes in a baking dish topped with herbs.
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An old-fashioned family recipe passed down over generations – creamy potatoes are baked with a buttery breadcrumb topping to make Swedish potatoes.

7. Easy Baguette Recipe

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This easy baguette recipe is the perfect texture and flavor. Crusty and chewy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Perfect to pair with soup or delicious meatballs.

8. Fig Jam

Two jars with fig jam in it and some of the jam spilling out.

All you need is three simple ingredients to make a simple homemade fig jam recipe. Use it as a glaze, sauce, or spread. It’s the perfect replacement for lingonberry jam if you don’t have access to it.

9. Swedish Potato Salad

A serving dish of potato salad garnished with herbs.
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A delicious, easy side dish recipe for a simple Swedish potato salad made with a tasty dressing of creme fraiche, mayonnaise, and freshly chopped dill.

10. Gluten-Free Sourdough Garlic Bread

Crusty sourdough bread spread with garlic.
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What dinner table is complete without garlic bread? Gluten-free sourdough garlic bread is a delicious, vegan, and allergy-free side.

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11. Celeriac and Sweet Potato Mash

Mashed vegetables in a serving dish.
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Celeriac and sweet potato mash is a cozy comfort dish perfect for celebrations! It’s easy to make, with so much flavor from fresh rosemary and garlic.

12. Air Fryer Butternut Squash

A plate of butternut squash with parsley.

Simmered in a soup or stew, added to puree, or served with Swedish meatballs, butternut is delicious! And air fryer butternut squash comes out perfectly crispy and caramelized! 

13. Zucchini Noodles

Zoodles in a bowl topped with shredded cheese.
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If you are looking for a healthy but delicious side dish, try zucchini noodles. Not only is this a tasty option but it is so easy to make.

14. Roasted Root Vegetables

Hands holding a roasting pan of vegetables.
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We’ve found the best combination of winter roasted root vegetables to prepare an easy, festive, and yummy side dish to serve with your favorite meals. All you need is fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil, and salt.

15. Garlic Broccolini

A close up of broccolini cooking in a pan.
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Gently boiled, and then pan-fried garlic broccolini is the best quick way to cook the vegetable!

16. Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes on a serving plate.

Make perfectly seasoned and irresistibly crispy roasted potatoes in the oven, and since they’re so versatile you can pair them with anything.

17. Braised Red Cabbage

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Braised red cabbage is rich and spiced, perfect for winter and pairs well with warm, savory meals like Swedish meatballs.

18. Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts

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Lemon arugula salad with pine nuts is a quick and easy salad that is peppery, sweet, and satisfying. Arugula is tossed with cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and parmesan cheese and finished off with a lemon olive oil dressing. 

19. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Brussel sprouts in a serving dish.

Air fryer brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, and you can serve them in less than an hour! If you want to try another variation, you will love my air fryer smashed brussel sprouts.

20. Air Fryer Home Fries

A close up of the air fryer home fries with eggs in the background.

Air fryer home fries are ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish! They are the perfect quick side dish with meatballs and thick gravy.

21. Yorkshire Puddings

Keto Yorkshire puddings in a serving bowl.

Keto Yorkshire puddings are our take on a classic staple served fresh and topped with warm, yummy gravy – and they’re only 3 net carbs! Plus, they are perfect for sopping up all that gravy.

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