Lihapyorykoita (Finnish Meatballs)
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 yellow onion, minced
1 cup whipping cream, divided
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, 1/2 cup cream, salt, and allspice in a bowl with your hands until evenly mixed. Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized spheres.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook about half the meatballs in the melted butter until evenly browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes; remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs, keeping the liquid in the skillet when finished.
Sift the flour into the skillet drippings; cook the flour in the skillet drippings until brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly stream the milk into the skillet while whisking vigorously; pour the cream into the mixture and stir until smooth. If you aren't good at making gravy and end up with some lumps you can pour the gravy through a strainer. Return all the meatballs to the skillet; stir to coat with the gravy. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Good with beets and a pickle wedge on the side.
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