The remaining 20 spots in the final come down to your votes and will be announced tomorrow.
While I had a dish in my head to finish our journey to Malmö with I kept seeing requests for meatballs recipes on twitter from potential Eurovision party hosts. I was resisting doing meatballs as I didn't think I'd be able to get my hands on enough horsemeat, but I always like to give the Saucers what they want.
The twist is these are based on my memory of Swedish meatballs from my childhood when the grown ups had parties. I remember they came frozen in a large box of about a thousand dark brown pebbles that looked like something decorative from a garden shop, they tasted of a shipload of pepper and had a distinctive bounce to them.
This version doesn't have quite as much bounce and with the brown onion glaze will disappear quickly. I've also included in this post a Swedish cocktail to get you in the spirit, or possibly hospitalised if you play the Eurovision drinking game!
I had a very hard time picking the past Eurovision taster as Sweden has a smorgasbord of brilliant offerings so I thought I'd stick to one most personal.
There is something magical in the finding Eurovision in a non Eurovision setting whether it be Loreen's Euphoria in the final of My Kitchen Rules, the music in a shopping centre or an intimate stand up comedy routine with a Eurovision theme.
My most thrilling surprise Eurovision was during a 6am body pump class, yes not only awake at that time but out of the house and exercising! Around this same time I was body jam instructing so I was no stranger to the inside of a gym, I just didn't look it.
I was getting ready to lift the weights while day dreaming about being back in bed when I hear "never gonna run away" (what, no way) "I'm not gonna hide"(OMG can it really be!!!) "I know, just what I feel inside" and yes it was Carola from 2006 serenading the class with Invincible! It was like I was back in Athens.
The instructor was very accommodating as I sang at the top of my lungs and tried to wave the bar like a flag with 10kg weights on each end. Just like the backing singer in the semi final there may have been a well covered stumble that had the potential of doing one's self a mischief. (2.45 in the video)
Swedish meatballs with Onion Gravy
- 500g mince (lamb, beef, pork, or combination)
- 250g sausage mince
- 11/2 cups bread or a bread roll
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 brown onions, peeled quartered
- 3 spring onions roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp. pepper
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 2 brown onions peeled finely sliced
- Knob of butter
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. corn flour
- Olive oil
- In a food processer add 2 brown onions quartered, bread, milk, spring onions, garlic peeled, and processer for 30secs till chopped
- Add the meat, pepper, salt, process till combined, add more milk if needed
- Roll into approx. 25g balls or to the size you prefer
- Cook in batches in a frypan on medium heat with a good splash of olive oil
- Move the frypan in a circular motion to move the balls around so that all sides brown
- Cook for about 10 minutes till cooked through, alternatively brown in the frypan and finish in the oven for about 15-20 minutes on 180°C
- To make the glaze sweat down the onions with butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, they should be transparent rather than brown
- Add the stock and vinegar
- Boil to reduce slightly
- To thicken make the cornflour into a paste as directed and stir through
- Serve hot with toothpicks, as a main with mash potato or in a butter bread roll
- 30ml vodka (I have reduced the vodka to 1 shot instead of 2 as it is a long night)
- 30ml blue Curacao
- Add all ingredient to a glass
- If you are playing the drinking game you could get an advantage by just having lemonade and blue food colour, it is cheating but could avoid a messy time!
- And always drink responsibly, no one wants blue clean up.
Robin Stjernberg will have the home crowd support with his song You, can Sweden win 2 in a row?