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Sweden Admits Swedish Meatballs Originally Came From Turkey


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Swedish meatballs may be one of the most popular dishes out in IKEA in Ballymun, but 'Swedish' isn't an entirely fair description of the dish.

Over the weekend, Sweden's official Twitter account made a startling confession about the country's most famous culinary export:

The news that Swedish meatballs actually originated in Turkey prompted many responses from people in both countries:

Variants of the meatball dish can be found across the Middle East and parts of Asia, with the Turkish version known as köfte.

One academic told Turkey's Anadolu Agency that King Charles XII also brought back other treats from his stay in Istanbul (which was then part of the Ottoman empire) - including coffee beans and stuffed cabbage.


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