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nordic nosh winter dishes, Scandinavian style: part one
by Kiera Tara O'Brien |
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continued from page 3

Kjøttboller: Pork and Beef Meatballs
Cook up this traditional Christmas fare in just a few minutes. (They’re just as tasty at other times of the year too, of course.)

1 lb (½ kg) ground pork
1/4 lb (1/8 kg) ground beef
½ cup (120 ml) buttermilk (or whole milk)
½ cup (120 ml) dry bread crumbs
2-3 Tbsp onions, finely minced
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp sugar
1 egg, yolk only

serves 6-8

1 Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl and let chill in the fridge for an hour or two before shaping them into 1-1 ½ inch thick balls. Being the granddaughter of a Welsh and English family with a killer meatloaf recipe, I like to add 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce to my Norwegian meatballs for an added bit of flavor. It’s completely optional of course!
2 Heat enough oil in a skillet to cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs and cook for a few minutes on all sides. Make sure they are well-browned and cooked through.

Serve with brun saus (otherwise known as gravy in the English language; make your life a little easier and use the ready-made canned stuff) and lefse.

Salat: Jarlsberg, Apple and Fennel Salad
A heavy menu needs a fresh and flavorful salad of Scandinavian goodies.

1 bulb of fennel
½ red onion, sliced
1 large red apple, diced
1 large orange, peeled
2 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp chives, finely chopped
½ lime, juices only
300 g (roughly 2 cups) Jarlsberg cheese, cubed

serves 4

1 Trim away the feathery stalk parts of the fennel. Cut the remaining bulb in half and boil for a couple of minutes. Let cool, then thinly slice.
2 Dice the apple and cut the peeled orange into segments. Chop the chives.
3 Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl and serve.

Check out part two of the nordic noshing!


Kiera Tara O'Brien lives for stews, sausages and warm cookies in the cold winter months of Europe. Somewhere in her nomadic existence between Oslo, London and Copenhagen she manages to sneak some time for old Hollywood classics, ice skating and TopShop-ing. Pop a question or drop a comment (or suggest a nice cafe to visit in New York City) to this fabulous freelance writer at kiera.tara@gmail.com.

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