Rice Pudding/Riskrem

Rice Pudding/RiskremGelatin is an animal product, made from animal bones and tissue.A vegetarian alternative to regular gelatin is agar-agar, a gelatin made from sea vegetables. It is sold in bar form, as a powder, or in flakes. Ingredients –        ½ c. water; ½ c. sugar –        2 envelopes unflavored gelatin –        ½ tsp. salt; 2 c. milk –        1½ c. cooked white rice –        2 tsp. vanilla extract –        ¼ c. chopped almonds –        1 c. chilled whipping cream, or nonfat dairy topping. Instructions Step 1: In a saucepan, heat…

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Raspberry Sauce/Rødsaus

Raspberry Sauce/RødsausRaspberry Sauce (Rød Saus), which is delicious and easy to make, but I always add frozen raspberries to the sauce, as well. I usually bring tons of packets with me when I come back from Norway. Ingredients –        1 10-oz. package frozen raspberries (with syrup), thawed –        ½ c. apple or currant jelly –        1 tbsp. cold water –        1½ tsp. cornstarch. Instructions Step 1: In a saucepan, bring raspberries (with syrup) and jelly to a boil. Turn off heat. Step 2: Combine water and cornstarch in a bowl.…

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Gingerbread Cookies/Pepperkaker

Gingerbread Cookies/PepperkakerThese gingerbread men and women can be hung on the Christmas tree, if you can resist eating them. Ingredients –        1 c. butter; 2 c. sugar –        ½ c. molasses; 2 eggs –        3 tbsp. vinegar; 4½ c. flour –        3 tsp. baking soda; 1 tsp. baking powder –        ½ tsp. white pepper; 1 tsp. ginger –        1 tsp. cinnamon. Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F.Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Step 3: Add molasses, eggs, and vinegar…

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Christmas Bread/Julekake

Christmas Bread/JulekakeChristmas bread is delicious with breakfast, and it makes wonderful toast. Ingredients –        1 c. raisins –        1 c. candied red and green cherries or assorted candied fruit, cut in small pieces –        2 tbsp. active dry yeast; 1 tbsp. sugar –        ¼ c. warm water; 2 c. milk –        ½ c. shortening; ½ c. sugar –        2 tsp. salt –        2 tsp. ground cardamom seed –        6½ c. all-purpose flour –        ½ c. blanched almonds, finely chopped additional all-purpose flour (½ to 1½ c.). Instructions Step 1: Soften…

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Smoked Salmon Quiche

Smoked Salmon QuicheIn a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper. In small bowl mix together, Gruyere, Parmesan, shallots and flour. Sprinkle the cheese mixture and salmon over the bottom of the WARM pie shell. Ingredients Pastry ingredients: –        1¾ c. flour –        8 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter up to ½ c. water. Filling ingredients: –        ½ c. finely chopped onion –        2½ tbsp. butter or margarine, cut into pieces –        14 oz. chopped smoked salmon –        2 tsp. chopped fresh chives –        ½clove garlic,…

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Whipped Cream Cake/Bløtkake

Whipped Cream Cake/BløtkakeThis layer cake is the most popular cake in Norway. It is often part of a holiday or family celebration or is served to company. It makes a delicious and attractive birthday cake. Ingredients Cake: –        4 large eggs, at room temperature; 1 c. sugar –        1 tsp. vanilla extract; 1 c. flour –        1 tsp. baking powder. Filling: –        1 to 2 c. heavy (whipping) cream –        2 tbsp. powdered sugar –        1 tsp. vanilla extract about 1/4 c. fruit juice (use the type of fruit that’s…

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Beet Patties/Rødbetekarbonader

Beet Patties/RødbetekarbonaderThese patties are a vegetarian alternative to meatcakes. Make some of each to please both your meat-eating and vegetarian friends! Ingredients –        3 to 4 large beets –        1½ tsp. salt –        3 large potatoes –        2 stalks of celery, chopped –        2 eggs –        2 tbsp. dried bread crumbs –        ¼ tsp. pepper –        1 tbsp. butter or oil for frying. Instructions Step 1: Place beets in a pan of cold, salted water. (The water should just cover beets.) Bring to a boil and cook until tender (a…

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Cucumber Salad/Agurksalat

Cucumber Salad/AgurksalatCucumber salad is eaten in all Scandinavian countries.The cucumbers must be sliced paper thin! A Norwegian cheese slicer works well for this. Ingredients –        1 cucumber –        2 tsp. vinegar –        ½ tsp. salt –        1 tsp. sugar –        ¼ tsp. white pepper –        Chopped parsley, chives, or dill weed. Instructions Step 1: Slice the cucumber paper thin. Step 2: Mix vinegar, salt, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl and pour over cucumber slices. Step 3: Sprinkle with parsley, chives, or dill weed before serving. Food: Cucumber Salad/Agurksalat

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Meatcakes/ Kjøttkaker

Meatcakes/ KjøttkakerMost Norwegians rank meatcakes as one of the country s most typical dishes. Ingredients –        1 lb. lean or extra-lean ground beef –        1½ tsp. salt –        ¼ tsp. pepper –        ¼ tsp. nutmeg –        ¼ tsp. ginger –        2½ tbsp. potato flour or cornstarch about ¾ c. skim milk or water –        1 tbsp. butter or oil for frying –        1 to 2 c. water, beef bouillon, or milk. Gravy: –        1 to 2 tbsp. flour –        Salt and pepper to taste –        2 tbsp. onion, finely chopped.…

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Boiled Potatoes/Kokte Poteter

Boiled Potatoes/Kokte PoteterParsley is a favorite garnish for boiled potatoes. In the summer, Norwegians grow their own parsley outside, and in the winter they grow it in small indoor pots placed near a window. Ingredients –        6 medium-sized potatoes –        1 tsp. salt –        2 tbsp. butter or margarine –        1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley. Instructions Step 1: Peel potatoes and place them in a pan of cold, salted water. (The water should just cover potatoes.) Step 2: Cover the pan and place over high heat. Allow potatoes to boil…

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