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Top 3 Swedish Christmas Recipes

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

While Christmas is considered one of the grandest and longest holiday of Sweden, the Swedish holiday just simply is not quiet complete without the magically element of the Swedish holiday cuisine.

Candle lighting has always been the foundation of the Swedish holiday traditional but it is the Swedish holiday dishes that annually are the supreme element. With the following Swedish traditional dishes such as “Potatis Korv,” “Ham a la cajsa warg” (Swedish Ham) and cabbage pudding (Casserole) you will not go wrong for the holidays. These three very traditional Swedish dish recipes are fairly comprehensive and easy to follow.

1. Potatis Korv (Sweden Christmas Sausage)

2 lbs. lean pork, ground
2 lbs. lean beef, ground
6 med. potatoes, shredded (uncooked)
3 tsps. salt
2 tsps. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 med. onion, chopped

Must be mix very well together then formed into rolls about 4 inches long, 2 inches in diameter. Once completed cut waxed paper or parchment paper into 6-inch lengths and warp sausage well. Remember to tie both ends tightly with string. Next prick waxed paper with a fork (do not prick parchment) then place in kettle of simmering salted water. Cook slowly for about 45 minutes.

2. Ham a la cajsa warg (Swedish Ham)

7 to 9 lb. ham, slightly salted
2 tsps. whole cloves
2 tsps. marjoram
2 tsps. allspice
2 tsps. rosemary
6 bay leaves

The Ham must be placed in plenty of cold water for approximately 12 hours then roasted. Take care that the ham is not too salty.

Firstly, remove the rind then place the ham on a large piece of baking foil. Add crush allspice, cloves, rosemary, marjoram and bay leaves in a mortar. This mixture must be rubbed into ham on all sides then wrapped entirely in foil. Next, insert a meat thermometer through the foil so that the tip reaches the thickest and meatiest part of the ham then place the ham in baking pan and bake it in the oven at 350F. When the thermometer shows 170F the ham is ready. This dish is served hot or cold and usually with boiled potatoes, mustard, red cabbage or other vegetables.

3. Cabbage Pudding (Casserole)

1 to 2 lb. head white cabbage
41/2 tbls. rice
11 oz. ground beef
Butter for frying
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk

Firstly, cut off the bottom part of the stem of a head of white cabbage the chop the cabbage into pieces. Then brown them in butter in a frying pan. In another pan boil rice in 2/3 cup water and 1/2 tsp. salt for approximately 20 minutes. While the rice cools mix ground beef with 1 1/2 tsps. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Then add the rice and 1 cup milk. Place the cabbage and meat in alternate layers in a buttered oven-proof dish. Remember to keep the top and bottom layers cabbage only. Next bake in an oven at 350F. for 3/4 to 1 hour and serve with boiled potatoes.


Photo of Swedish Christmas dinner originally posted by plindberg

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5 responses to “Top 3 Swedish Christmas Recipes”

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  1. Swede says:
    November 17th, 2009 at 03:04

    Uhm…. That’s not 3 very traditional Swedish Christmas dishes at all… The traditional christmas ham is made with mustard and bread crumbs, and for “Kålpudding” (Cabbage Pudding)to be on a christmas table I never heard of in all my life xD Sorry…

  2. Cooking says:
    April 28th, 2010 at 16:48

    Thank to share this recipe with all people . All will remember u always when they eat & will give u blessings ..

  3. Kreditkort says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 15:32

    Cheers to good food! You’ll definitely enjoy Swedish cuisine. Keep in mind exact measurements, and don’t ever over cook it! Merry Christmas!

  4. Uli-Doli says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 23:33

    Wow, That was so not Swedish, but what do I know I left my home country over 15 years ago….
    But I love cabbage pudding so I will give i a try.
    Merry Christmas everyone.

  5. Therese says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 00:25

    Not so very Swedish I would say…

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