Ikea is known for a lot of things: Their huge, overwhelming furniture selection, their low prices, and of course, their Swedish meatballs. I mean, you can’t make a trip to Ikea without stopping at the café for some of those meatballs, right?

These delicious balls of meat actually date back to the 1980s, when Ikea first debuted them in their stores, and today, they’re one of the most popular items on the menu. It’s easy to see why—at just $5.99 a plate, you also get a side of mashed potatoes, plus lingonberry jam and the secret to the madness: a gravy cream sauced called ALLEMANSRÄTTEN.

Well, with Ikea stores being closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak, many people, believe it or not, are going through Swedish meatball withdrawal.

Okay, so that’s not a real thing, but no one has been able to enjoy a plate for over a month now, and that can’t possibly make anyone happy.

Thankfully, the country food manager at Ikea decided that this was the perfect time to release the secret recipe for their famous Swedish meatballs. After all, quarantine is the perfect time to cook up some delicious recipes.

“We know that some people might be missing our meatballs, which is why we’ve released an at-home alternative which, using easily accessible ingredients, will help those looking for some inspiration in the kitchen,” said Lorena Lourido, country food manager at Ikea.

The recipe is verbatim below.

Ikea’s Swedish meatballs with cream sauce:

Makes 16 – 20 meatballs

Ingredients for the meatballs:ikeike

  • 500 grams (1.1 pounds) ground beef
  • 250 grams (slightly more than ½ pound) ground pork
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the cream sauce:

  • Dash of oil
  • 40 grams (1.4 ounces) butter
  • 40 grams (1.4 ounces) plain flour
  • 150 ml (5 fluid ounces) vegetable stock
  • 150 ml (5 fluid ounces) beef stock
  • 150 ml (5 fluid ounces) thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape while cooking).
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.
  4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven, 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius, and cook for a further 30 minutes.

And for the cream sauce:

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and beef stock and continue to stir. Add the thick double cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard.
  3. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  4. When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes — either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.

“Staying at home can be hard, but we want to help make everyone’s lives that little bit easier and more enjoyable,” Lourido stated. “Bon appétit or, smaklig måltid, as we say in Sweden!”

Are you a fan of Ikea’s Swedish meatballs? Are you going to try out this recipe at home?