Swedish Meatball Hot Dish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 9 servings
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1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 small onion, chopped 

2 pounds ground beef (90 percent lean) 

Kosher salt 

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper 

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 

1 1/4 cups heavy cream 

1/2 cup beef broth 

1 1/2 cups frozen chopped peas and carrots, thawed 

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 

1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar 

One 32-ounce package potato tots 


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes, then add the ground beef and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Cook, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until brown, about 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the allspice, nutmeg and white pepper. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir until incorporated. Stir in the heavy cream and beef broth and bring to a simmer. Add the peas and carrots and parsley.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle 1 cup cheese evenly on top. Top with the potato tots and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top.
  4. Bake until the potato tots are golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.