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Norwegian specialities

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brun saus
gravy served with most meats, rissoles, fishcakes and sausages.

fenalår
marinated mutton that is smoked, sliced, salted, dried and served with crispbread, scrambled egg and beer.

fiskeboller
fish balls, served under a white sauce or on open sandwiches.

fiskekabaret
shrimps, fish and vegetables in aspic.

fiskesuppe
fish soup.

flatbrød
a flat unleavened cracker, half barley, half wheat.

gammelost
a hard, strong smelling, yellow-brown cheese with veins.

geitost/gjetost
goat’s cheese, slightly sweet and fudge-coloured. Similar cheeses have different ratios of goat’s milk to cow’s milk.

gravetlaks
salmon marinated in salt, sugar, dill and brandy.

juleskinke
marinated boiled ham, served at Christmas.

kjøttkaker med
home-made burgers with surkål cabbage and a sweet and sour sauce.

koldtbord
a midday buffet with cold meats, herrings, salads, bread and perhaps soup, eggs or hot meats.

lapskaus
pork, venison (or other meats) and vegetable stew, common in the south and east, using salted or fresh meat, or leftovers, in a thick brown gravy.

lutefisk
fish (usually cod) preserved in an alkali solution and seasoned; an acquired taste; For more information, see Stokfisk, klippfisk and lutefisk.

multer
cloudberries – wild berries mostly found north of the Arctic Circle and served with cream (med krem).

mysost
brown whey cheese, made from cow’s milk.

nedlagtsild
marinated herring.

pinnekjøtt
western Norwegian Christmas dish of smoked mutton steamed over shredded birch bark, served with cabbage; or accompanied by boiled potatoes and mashed swedes (kålrabistappe).

reinsdyrstek
reindeer steak, usually served with boiled potatoes and cranberry sauce.

rekesalat
shrimp salad in mayonnaise.

ribbe, julepølse
eastern Norwegian Christmas dish of pork ribs, sausage and dumplings.

spekemat
various types of smoked, dried meat.

Bread, cake and desserts

bløtkake
cream cake with fruit

fløtelapper
pancakes made with cream, served with sugar and jam

havrekjeks
oatmeal biscuits, eaten with goat’s cheese

knekkebrød
crispbread

kransekake
cake made from almonds, sugar and eggs, served at celebrations

lomper
potato scones-cum-tortillas

riskrem
rice pudding with whipped cream and sugar, usually served with frukt saus, a slighly thickened fruit sauce

tilslørtbondepiker
stewed apples and breadcrumbs, served with cream

Trondhjemsuppea
kind of milk broth with raisins, rice, cinnamon and sugar.

trollkrem
beaten egg whites (or whipped cream) and sugar mixed with cloudberries (or cranberries)

vafle
waffles

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