Growing up with Swedish food

Swedish food in general doesn’t have the appeal as say Mexican food or Italian food. Some recipes I grew up with always seemed strange to my friends growing up, and most of the time they would turn their noses up. To me… Well I loved these foods; they were a comfort to me. The names don’t translate well like with most languages to English, but I hope to maybe open the eyes of people a bit. Swedish food can be tasty if you know how to make it right **laughing**

This first one is essentially a potato ball with ham and onions inside. Once again it translates poor LOL and I got really funny looks when I would explain it to my friends. I loved this one growing up and still imagine my grandmother standing in her kitchen pulling these out of the pot and bringing them to the table.


 4 pounds potatoes (old)                                                                                                        

2 cups flour

1 tbsp. salt

1 egg

1 pound fresh pork or ham

2 tbsp. butter

1 onion

¼ tsp. pepper

 Cook potatoes then mash and add flour, egg and butter.

Dice meat & onions then fry (don’t brown) in 1 tbsp. butter.

Take a large spoonful of potato mixture in palm put small spoonful of ham mixture in middle of potato then wrap potato mixture around ham. Put in pot of boiling water for 5 min. or so. Serve on plate cut in half and add butter…..


I remember having this next one only a couple of times, but it is another good one. I think this is the only one I have not made myself.

Swedish Hot Sausage Roll-ups 


1 lb. sausage

½ c. onion

½ c. celery

1 tbsp. shortening (or oil)

Combine all and sauté until sausage is brown.

Then Add:

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 4oz. can of diced green chilies

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix well and set aside.


2 cups flour

2 cups milk

3 eggs (slightly beaten)


4 tbsp. butter melted

4 tbsp. flour

Combine then add

2 cups milk on med heat then melt in…

1 cup cheese (cheddar or American)

1 cans (4oz.) mushrooms

2 tbsp. mustard (optional)

Mix flour and sugar, then milk & eggs slowly to flour mix.

Put into pitcher.

Pour from pitcher into a hot 10 inch skillet with 1 tbsp. shortening in it. Pour till 2 inches from sides of pan. Then rotate pan to spread to sides to make large thin pancake. Brown lightly on both sides. Stack on paper towel to cool Put 2 tbsp. of filling in center of pancake spread almost to edges in the center of pancake, roll up put in baking dish. Pour sauce over and heat 20 min at 350 degrees.


 This is a type of rye bread which is kind of strong tasting bread but paired with the right toppings it’s really good.

Swedish Limpa

(Rye bread)

 1 ½ c. warm water (not hot 110 to 115 degrees)                                                           

2 yeast packets (cakes)

Put in bowl and set aside to start.

Then add:

¼ c. molasses

2 tbsp. shortening

1/3 c. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. orange rind

Add 2 ½ c. sifted rye flour

 Rise about an hour then bake until brown at 375 degrees for 30-35 min. Makes 2 loaves


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