News – “Sweden Just Made A Startling Confession About Its Famous Meatballs”

huffingtonpost.comSweden’s famed meatballs aren’t Swedish after all.

The nation’s official Twitter account made the startling confession on Tuesday, saying the tasty treat ― great for a snack, a meal or a shopping break in Ikea ― is actually from 1,600 miles away: 

Sweden.se

@swedense

 
 

Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. Let’s stick to the facts!

 

The tweet was met with a mixture of surprise and outright disbelief, but one Internet sleuth found evidence from an old cookbook that backed the claim: 

Peter Isotalo@PeterIsotalo
 
 

Looked closer at Sw. cookbooks and found “A Turkish Meat-Dish” in the 1737 Swedish ed. of Susanna Eger(in)’s “Leipziger Kochbuch”. It’s finely chopped veal with onions, salt and pepper, grilled on skewers. Served with a sweet-sour wine-based sauce.https://sv.wikisource.org/wiki/Sida:En_N%C3%B6dig_och_Nyttig_Hus-H%C3%A5lds-Kok-Bok.djvu/67 

 

The Sweden.se Twitter feed is run by the Swedish Institute, a public agency that promotes the nation. The organization has more information about how the meatballs are prepared and served as well as a recipe on its website.

 

I don’t even know what to believe anymore…

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