Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs are FOR REAL! These little meatballs are made with wild rice and mushrooms and they are served up in a simple and savory brown gravy. Yum!
- 2 cups cooked wild rice
- 1 heaping cup finely chopped mushrooms
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- olive oil (optional)
For the Gravy:
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and/or garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Meatballs: Preheat the oven to 425. Mix the meatball ingredients together. Roll into balls (1-2 tablespoons each) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm when you press them.
- Gravy: Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onion powder, garlic powder, and flour. Let it bubble for a few minutes to remove any floury taste. Slowly add broth, whisking after each addition, to make a smooth sauce. Stir in sour cream. Adjust consistency to taste with more broth. Season to taste.
- That’s all! Place your cooked meatballs in the gravy and get them all nice and saucy. Serve with potatoes, salad, or roasted veggies.
Pre-cooked wild rice will save you a lot of time. I used a can of wild rice (!!) for one of my test batches and was great – tasted awesome and it saved me a lot of time. The canned wild rice I bought contained just cooked wild rice, water, and salt – I drained the water before using it. Whether you cook your own wild rice or use pre-cooked, in terms of flavor I’d STRONGLY recommend 100% wild rice as opposed to a “wild rice blend” which is usually made up of primarily white or brown rice with only a few sad and lonely specks of wild rice.
If you don’t want to bake, these meatballs can also be pan-friend until firm.
If you’re looking to cut back on refined sugars, whole wheat flour works as well.