Diehard IKEA meatball fans will be sad to know that the recipe has recently changed. They've stated as such:
Usually, I ask the server to glop on an extra spoonful of lingonberry sauce. This time around, I found the new meatball recipe less salty, less dry with less bite, resulting in not needing as much of the tart lingonberry sauce to balance it out.
It's probably true that the ingredients are higher quality, and perhaps closer to what a real Swedish meatball might be in Sweden. But if you're anything like me... let's just say I don't go to McDonald's because I think they have real burger standards, yet I get the McD's processed food cravings all the same. If I want a real burger, I'll go to a proper restaurant or Shake Shack.
Verdict: IKEA is not a nice restaurant, so they should just keep it cheap, keep it despicably delicious. Maybe it's just my crave for the familiar, but I don't like this attempt at higher quality meatballs. Give me my salty round balls.
(Thanks to Keith for alerting me to this meatball change - I see why he went on for 10 minutes straight about this preposterous "non-ball shaped meatBALLS!".)