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.

Cruppkkaka

 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…..

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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 

Filling:

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.

Pancake:

2 cups flour

2 cups milk

3 eggs (slightly beaten)

 Sauce:

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.

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 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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