Elk NetworkSlow Cooker Elk Swedish Meatball Stew

Bugle - Featured Articles , Carnivore's Kitchen | February 28, 2024

Chef | Jaime Teigen

Wonderful and hearty Swedish meatballs with gravy and potatoes rank among my top five comfort foods. I hope this recipe will become a staple for your family during the cold, short days of winter, just as it has for ours.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4-6 hours

Serves: 6

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground elk

  • ½ lb. ground pork

  • 2½ lbs. red potatoes, washed and cut into quarters

  • 1 egg

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp pepper

  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup dill, finely chopped + 3 full sprigs for garnish

  • ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp butter + 4 tbsp for frying

  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups beef stock

  • 1 cup heavy cream

Topping Ingredients:

  • Fresh dill sprigs

  • Crème fraîche or sour cream

  • Green peas, thawed

  • Lingonberry jam



Add quartered potatoes to a slow cooker such as a Crock‑Pot.

In a large mixing bowl, add diced onion, ground elk and pork, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, egg, chopped dill, chopped parsley and minced garlic. Once ingredients are well combined, form meatballs about the size of a golf ball.

Melt 4 tbsp of butter in a skillet on medium to high heat, add meatballs and fry until browned but not fully cooked. Fry on all sides in batches to not overcrowd the pan.

Transfer meatballs, including the juices, to slow cooker on top of the potatoes.

To make gravy, melt 2 tbsp of butter over low heat in the same skillet used to make the meatballs. Slowly whisk in flour. When fully incorporated, add the stock and slowly bring to a low simmer while continuously stirring. Add the heavy cream, mix, then pour over meatballs and potatoes in the slow cooker.

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.

Serve with fresh dill sprigs, a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche, a spoonful of peas and lingonberry jam.

As a passionate hunter, fisher and avid outdoorswoman, wild game chef Jaime Teigen loves to help people learn fresh, practical and fun ways to make the most of their harvest in the kitchen and out on the grill. For more recipes and cooking from Jaime, visit outdoorclass.com.