Christmas Eve Swedish Meatball Recipe

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I love holiday meal planning. However, my family loves tradition. As our family began to grow, and as the Rev. gained more responsibilities at church, Christmas Eve became a very busy day for me.

You see, Christmas Eve is never a day off for my husband. As a matter of fact, it is one of his busiest work days. So I am left to wrangle very excited children, get them ready for church, and still make sure that we have a memorable Christmas Eve meal.

So, around 2006, when I was the mom of four very busy boys, I decided that Christmas Eve was not the best time for me to serve an elaborate meal. Thus, my Christmas Eve Swedish Meatballs were born. This recipe is NOT from scratch. This recipe is NOT health conscious. This recipe is NOT authentic. However, what it is is easy, and kid friendly!

Our Christmas Eve tradition includes the Rev. coming home for a quick dinner between church and nursing home services. I set out the best dishes and the crystal. I have the children all scrubbed up and ready for church. We then have a very pleasant and stress free meal.

And here my friends, is the recipe for my Christmas Eve Swedish Meatballs:

Christmas Eve Swedish Meatballs

Yields: 6

  • 1 1lb bag dried extra wide egg noodles, prepared and tossed with butter
  • 1 bag Simeks meatballs
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 16 oz Daisy Sour Cream
  • 2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Prepare the meatballs according to package directions.

Once heated through, add the cream of mushroom soup to the liquid in the pan. Bring to a low boil.

Turn off the heat, stir in the sour cream, top with parsley and serve over warm buttered egg noodles.


Chime in! What is your traditional Christmas Eve meal? DO you want to share the recipe? You know I’d love to hear from you!

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About the author : Dakotapam

I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including toddler twin girls. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!

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  1. Essie - December 20, 2011 Reply

    Dan would totally eat this. I just wouldn’t tell him what was in it. Or that it’s your recipe. 😉

    • Dakotapam - December 21, 2011 Reply

      Yes, because I am far outside of the circle of food trust!

  2. Shannon - December 20, 2011 Reply

    Sounds delicious! Our Christmas Eve meal is not health conscious either…we do a smorgasbord of things that we don’t have to cook: lunch meats, cheeses, little breads, deviled eggs, premade baked appetizers, veggies and dip, hummus and pita, fresh fruit. Oh, and we like the chili sauce and grape jelly on the Armour meatballs. Total crap, but so good. In past years we’ve made waaaay too much food for the four of us plus two family members, so we send them home enough for their Christmas day feasts too!

    • Dakotapam - December 20, 2011 Reply

      We do a similar smorgasbord after church while we open gifts on Christmas Eve. Yum!

  3. Angie - December 20, 2011 Reply

    For several years our traditional Christmas Eve dinner was–sandwiches. 😉 It started when I got a breadmaker in 1998, but then from 1999 through 2004 Larry had three services in a row: 4:30 and 6pm next door, followed by 7:30 in the next town. He would stop by home to grab his sandwich and some Christmas cookies, and eat them on the way to his last service.

    Once he was only responsible for a single Christmas Eve service, we started having soup with our sandwiches. I don’t like fixing the same food every year, so the soup recipe varies on the whim of the chef (or the contents of the pantry! LOL).

    • Dakotapam - December 21, 2011 Reply

      Soup could be my go to meal for every day of the week! Yum!

  4. Karin - December 21, 2011 Reply

    I make my Swedish meatballs from scratch – as in I mix the meat, spices etc and then cook them. This was a tradition for many years but the effort and all the kids and all the services drove me to potato sausage and boiled potatoes. :o) Asparagus is a family favorite too and I try hard to make my dad some rice pudding with lingonberries. I think we will be able to pull that off this year. Enjoy the meatballs!

    • Dakotapam - December 21, 2011 Reply

      I prefer from scratch…the kids have driven me to the reality of frozen. That’s life this side of heaven, right?

  5. Raj - December 22, 2011 Reply

    Nice, I have not been to this part of the world, its a very interesting read to see how others around the world celebrate Christmas.

  6. Pastor Rich Heinz - December 23, 2011 Reply

    Always interesting to see what other parsonage families do! We have a brunch Christmas Eve morning with extended family that comes to us. Then, between the evening service, and the 11:00 Candlelight Divine Service, we simply put out a big spread of hor d’ouerves. Veggies & dips, cheese balls, cocktail wieners, and my two favorites — crab dip & crackers, and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, in a sweet sauce. 🙂

    Merry Christmass!

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