“I wanted to put a dollop of lingonberry preserves, which is how it’s usually served, in a little pocket, like an oversized ketchup packet,” Andrew Zimmern explained of his Swedish meatballs offering. The dish is normally composed of ground pork and beef with a side of lingonberry preserves for dipping. Although Zimmern wanted to mimic the “traditional” dish, it just wasn’t feasible to keep costs — and therefore the end price-point — low.
Because of their commitment to quality meat, noodles, and gravy, the “Bizarre Foods” star explained, “We had no room to spare.” Eventually, Zimmern was able to compromise by simply advising the consumer to try Swedish meatballs with their favorite preserves in the serving suggestion. “Along the way to get to that point was a lot of discussion,” the television personality added. He detailed the process as a “triage of decisions” that is the result of “mak[ing] anything that’s excellent.” In addition to the meatballs, his line includes a pulled pork mac and cheese, meatloaf, and turkey dinner — just in time for the holidays.
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