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Lamb and cabbage stew

Fårikål .
Photo: Visit Norway
Fårikål .
Photo: Visit Norway

Every year, when autumn arrives, and it starts to get colder outside, Norwegians gather their friends and family around the dinner table to enjoy lamb and cabbage stew together.

The Norwegian national dish even has its own festive day – the last Thursday in September! 

Lamb stew dinner .
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visit Norway
Lamb stew dinner .
Photo: Visit Norway

Traditional fårikål is very easy to make. It consists of just four ingredients: mutton, cabbage, salt, and whole black peppercorns.

Lamb stew ingredients .
Photo: Bilder av: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visit Norway
Lamb stew ingredients .
Photo: Bilder av: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visit Norway

Some people also add carrots and onions to the pot, or a little flour to thicken the sauce.

Feeling experimental? Try a more modern version by adding garlic and bay leaves, or by replacing a little of the water with dark beer.

Making fårikål .
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visit Norway
Making lamb stew .
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visit Norway

The dish is served with boiled potatoes, and wafer-thin crispbread called flatbrød.

You can also serve with lingonberry jam.

Lamb stew party .
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visit Norway
Lamb stew party .
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visit Norway

Fårikål (Lamb and cabbage stew)


(Makes 8 servings)

3 kg lamb meat
3 kg cabbage
8 tsp whole, black peppercorns
4 tsp salt
600 ml water

Source: Matprat.no

Lamb and cabbage stew has been a traditional dish in Norway for hundreds of years. The fact that the cabbage harvest coincided with the lamb slaughter season has likely contributed to the popularity of the dish. 

Sheep grazing in Aurlandsfjorden .
Photo: Øyvind Heen / fjords.com
Sheeps grazing in front of The Aurlandsfjord .
Photo: Øyvind Heen / fjords.com

Norwegian lamb is among the world's finest ingredients, and the meat from local producers offers many rich flavours. One example is Lofotlam, a geographically protected term for lamb from sheep farmed by the sea in beautiful Lofoten

Watch Christine prepares a lamb and cabbage stew dinner at home, or find other traditional dishes below.

Field in Lofoten .
Photo: Visit Norway
Field in Lofoten .
Photo: Visit Norway

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