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Pinnekjøtt – Make Norwegian “Stick Meat” from scratch

Pinnekjøtt is a traditional Norwegian Christmas dish typical to Western parts of Norway, but is now popular in other regions as well. Traditionally Pinnekjøtt is made from ribs of lamb or mutton which has been either salted and dried or salted, smoked and dried. Pinnekjøtt is literally translated as “Stick Meat”. This is for the birch […]

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Pickled herring Norwegian style (Sursild)

Sursild is the most traditional Norwegian food recipe of pickled herring. It’s eaten year round but especially during the Christmas season. Sursild has long traditions in the Norwegian diet. Other popular types of pickled herring is: Glazier’s herring (glassmestersild), Herring in tomato sauce (tomatsild), Herring in sour cream (Rømmesild), Herring in mustard (sennepssild), Herring in spices […]

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How to make dill aquavit at home

Homemade aquavit, or akevitt in Norwegian. Litterally translates as “water of life”. Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that has been produced since the 15th century. In Norway the aquavit is distilled from potato and in Denmark and Sweden they use grain. Ingredients: 2-3 large dill sprig (or 1-2 tbsp dill seeds) 1 tbsp caraway seeds 1 ts  […]

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Norwegian Christmas mustard - (julesennep) in a jam jar

How to make Norwegian Christmas mustard (Julesennep)

Norwegian Christmas mustard (Julesennep) has a sharp and strong flavor and can be used in most places yellow mustard can. It will go very well with Norwegian classics like head cheese (sylte),  pork meatballs (medisterkaker), pork sausage (medisterpølse or julepølse) and meatballs (kjøttkaker). Ingredients: 1 dl Colman’s mustard powder 1.5 Tbsp vinegar (white or red wine) 2 tbsp light corn syrup […]

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Norwegian pork meatballs (Medisterkaker)

Norwegian “Medisterkaker” Pork Meatballs is traditionally served at Christmas with the ribbe (pork ribs or pork belly, bone in), sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, Christmas sausage, gravy, lefse, mustard, Christmas beer and a few shots of aquavit. Eaten by six out of ten households in the Eastern parts of Norway. Ingredients: 500 g pork shoulder 500 g unsmoked bacon 500 g […]

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Norwegian pork sausage (Medisterpølser or julepølse)

Try this delicious Norwegian pork sausage (medisterpolse) or Christmas sausages as it’s also called. This sausage is served with the ribbe (pork ribs or pork belly, bone in), sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, meat balls, gravy, lefse, mustard, Christmas beer and a few shots of aquavit. Eaten by six out of ten households in the Eastern parts of Norway. […]

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