“Lamb and Cabbage Day” in Norway

Last Thursday every September Norway is celebrating “Fårikålens Festdag”. Even Norwegians living abroad mark this special day.

Today, September 24, is official “Fårikål Day” in Norway. Norwegians love the dish so much, they even have a group called “Fårikålens Venner” (The Friends of the Lamb and Cabbage Stew). On Sept. 7 their website Farikal.no got a brand new improved look. A new facebook group was created this year, and you can also follow “Fårikålens Venner” on Twitter. Norsk Tipping, Norway’s leading games company, has even created a “Fårikål Game”. You can play it here.

Norway’s national dish

Early in the 1970s, the famous Norwegian dish Fårikål (Lamb and Cabbage Stew) was declared  Norway’s favorite national dish.

Fårikål is a traditional food, but is also served during festive occasions.

A boiling warm pot on the middle of the table is always the world’s best reason to gather family and friends together for a delicious and satisfying dinner. It is also incredibly simple and easy to make.

Delicious Fårikål Dinner – A prefect fall comfort meal

This is what you need:
• 3.3 pounds of lamb from neck,
shank or breast, together with the
bones, cut into serving-size pieces
• 3.3 pounds of garden cabbage
• 2 tsp salt
• approx.4 tsp peppercorns
• 1-2 tbsp flour
• approx. 10 fl.oz of boiling water
This is how you do it:
• Cut the cabbage into segments.
• Place the lamb and cabbage in
layers in the saucepan, starting with
the lamb. Sprinkle flour, salt and
peppercorns between the layers.
• Pour over boiling water.
Bring to a boil and let the lamb
and  until the meat is tender,
which will take about 1-2 hours.

Fårikål should be served very hot on hot plates, together with plain boiled potatoes.

This delicious dish is often served with cold beer and Linie aquavit.

Fårikål is dangerously tasty. Handle with care.

Velbekomme! (Enjoy your meal!)

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