Kroppkakor, a bit of Swedish traditional food

Every now and then living abroad you miss certain things from your home country cuisine. Lingonberries is typically one of those things, and what goes with lingonberries in Sweden? Well kroppkakor among other things. Kroppkakor also randomly enough directly translates to “body cakes”…and I have no idea why. They’re a little bit of a fiddle to make and it’ll take you around an hour but definitely worth it as they are unassuming if you look at the ingredients, but the texture and sweet and salt blend will surprise you. So what do you need! Well start up with mixing:

  • 500g mealy potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • Wheat flour (enough to bind the mixture together so can be anything from 2-5 dl

Boil up water and gently make around 8-10 round balls of the potatoe mixture. Sink them down into the water and boil for about ten minutes, until the little balls float up. In the meantime fry up:

  • 250g diced ham
  • 1 leek
  • 2 onions
  • Plenty of butter

Serve the ham and the kroppkakor with some carrots and lingonberry jam…and if you want to really indulge smother it all in some melted butter! Hoppas det smakar!