Here is a recipe of a traditional Swedish course from the island of Oland,
off the southeast coast of Sweden. It is essentially a dumpling filled with smoked ham and
spices. An abundance of exercise is strongly recommended to burn off the calories from this
substantial food. The recipe was provided by Rolf in Sweden and is a favourite of his family
This recipe should be enough for 6 persons, or maybe four hungry ones.
1 kg potatoes
4 dl plain flour
1 tbsp salt
200 grms pork or smoked ham (cut off fat and rind)
1 tbsp butter
pepper, salt, thyme to your taste
Boil and mash the potatoes and allow to cool. Than add to this the salt, egg and a major part of the flour to the mashed, and now cold, potatoes.
Mix quickly to a dough. The trick is to get the dough firm enough so it won't crack when simmered.
therefore be gentle with the heat.
Now cut the ham and onion into small cubes or pieces, fry together and add the spices.
Make one long roll of the dough, cut it into thick slices, put a teaspoon of filling
in the middle of the slice and fold the slice until it has the shape of a bun.
Put the buns (the 'bodies') into simmering salt water and let them cook gently, to avoid the dough cracking,
until they surface. This takes 8-15 minutes - maybe more.
Serve with melted butter and lingonberry jam (nearest UK equivalent would be cranberry sauce).
The drink suggested is plain water or mineral water. But in Sweden
they drink a lot of milk with their meals. Beer or wine won't go
well with the bodycakes.