Relax: You can now make your own Ikea meatballs and McMuffins at home

At left, Ikea’s Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and jam. At right, McDonald’s Sausage and Egg McMuffin with hash brown. Photos: Ikea, McDonald’s
At left, Ikea’s Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and jam. At right, McDonald’s Sausage and Egg McMuffin with hash brown. Photos: Ikea, McDonald’s

Ikea, that essential source of good eating and affordable furniture, has been closed for weeks. McDonald’s, a fundamental source of human sustenance, has gone dark city-wide. 

Singaporeans deprived by their sudden absence can now find sweet relief after both companies made public recipes for some of their most popular dishes.

The Swedish furniture retailer’s branch in the United Kingdom revealed the formula for its famous Swedish meatballs that can easily be made at home, while McDonald’s also unveiled recipes for its golden hashbrowns as well as the sausage and egg McMuffin breakfast.

“Missing your IKEA meatball fix? We’ve created a recipe for you to recreate this delicious dish in the comfort of your own home #IKEAmeatballs,” the Swedish maker of more than 100 million Billy bookcases tweeted.

The six-step recipe for the Swedish staple, including the essential cream sauce, of course, was depicted in step-by-step instructions complete with illustrations drawn in the same signature style found in the retailer’s assembly manuals. 

The ingredients include minced beef and pork, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, salt and pepper. If you’re not up to the challenge, the retailer sells the meatballs frozen and the sauce via its website

But some hard-to-impress Singaporeans were not too happy with the recipe.

“I can survive without this meatballs pls..” Facebook user Eveline Toh said in reply.

Earlier this month, McDonald’s UK posted its Sausage and Egg McMuffin recipe, about a week after disclosing the secrets to its precious, golden hashbrowns. 

In simple, four-step illustrated instructions, it noted the breakfast involves only four ingredients: an English muffin, sausage meat, eggs, and American cheese.

“Craving a McMuffin? We’ve got you…,” the fast-food chain tweeted.

Making the hashbrown involves grating a potato, mixing an egg and seasoning it with salt and pepper.

The fast-food chain revealed its recipe for the hashbrown after a fan requested it on Twitter. 

“[C]an someone send us your hashbrown recipe please we miss them,” Twitter user Davechannel tweeted.

McDonald’s replied the next day, saying: “We’ll do you one better, here’s the recipe for a Sausage and Egg McMuffin AND a Hash Brown,”.

The Twitter user then posted an instructional video on how to make the hash browns on TikTok. 

“We asked @McDonaldsUK for their hashbrown recipe because we missed them. They replied so obviously we tried it out. You’re welcome,” Dave said.

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