May 4, 2018

Shocking news of the day: Swedish meatballs aren’t, well, Swedish.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The famed chunky meatballs from Sweden aren’t actually directly from the land of IKEA and H&M. Sweden’s official Twitter account reveals that the trademark Swedish grub actually originated from (cue drum roll) Turkey.

A little bit of historical research tells us that these “Swedish” meatballs originated from a recipe King Charles XII of Sweden brought home after spending five years in Turkey back in the early 1700s. The monarch picked up Turkey’s recipe for lamb and beef meatballs, and this is what eventually became what we know today as Swedish meatballs.

Long-time Swedish meatball fans were distressed by this revelation. But, Sweden’s Twitter account was quick to offer consolation and comfort.

Meanwhile, others were quick to add to the culinary historical facts of it all.

In response to all this knowledge, Sweden.Se made another post acknowledging that the culinary history of these spherical balls of meat is complex, and they appreciate every version of it.

Regardless, the world of meatballs will never be the same again.

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TAGS: eats fixture food H&M history ikea meatballs Spaghettie Sweden Turkey