Posted by: Jim E | December 31, 2009

Swedish Sausage, etc…

Ahh…this is a banner day…our son Jess sent Jeremy (and us) some frozen Swedish sausage (also known as potato sausage)…two rings of the wonderful stuff…we, being in Arkansas, could not get to Ingebretson’s on Lake Street in Minneapolis, MN (home of Scandinavian gifts and foods…so much fun to go during the Christmas season or anytime)…so Jess squeezed in a trip down Lake Street…and sent it FedEx overnight and it just arrived this morning…oh, it’s a wonderful day!!!…

You can get Swedish sausage many places in Minneapolis during the holiday season but we have found that Ingebretsen’s is the very best…they have been there on Lake Street celebrating Scandinavian culture, and making Swedish sausage, for over 85 years…and the Elmquist family has been going there for most of those years…

I was taking Jeremy to work about 10:00 this morning…and Jeremy spotted a FedEx truck coming around the corner…I didn’t notice but he was “on it”…he said, “There’s the Swedish sausage.”…I agreed, it probably was…called Judie about the imminent arrival…and planned with Jeremy the evening meal of Swedish sausage, boiled potatoes covered with butter and maybe some bold color like  corn or green beans and of course some fresh white bread…oh, and ice cold milk…it’s gonna be great!!!…

Other than the vegetables it is mostly white plate affair…ah, not white tie affair but white plate affair…Swedish sausage is a pale color…full of flavor…but of a kind, if you know what I mean…certainly not hot…sort of bland…but wonderful…beef, pork, potatoes, onions, salt and pepper ground up together…you can see why it is so pale in color…then add boiled potatoes with lots of butter…if you like there could be a white gravy…just adding to the white look on the plate…my mouth is watering just thinking about it…

At Christmas in Minnesota…you could go to a church dinner and have to look to Julekake to get some color (oh, Julekake, so good, scandinavian Christmas bread, with cardamon, candied fruits, a little frosting drizzled across the top, mmm, mmm)…oh, let’s see…Swedish sausage, lefse, lutefisk: with white gravy, melted butter, Swedish meatballs and all the Swedish fixings and sweets…oh, how wonderful and what a “White” Christmas meal…but if you haven’t tasted it, you have missed something so good…

Well, Christmas may be over…but tonight we at the Elmquist house will be celebrating a bit of Minnesota Scandinavian Christmas…sans the meatballs, Julekake, etc…but we will have lefse that we made before Christmas along with our Swedish sausage, potatoes, etc…wish you were here…

Leftovers???…you must be kidding!!!…

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  1. I love it!! Can’t find the delicacy out here in the Pacific Northwest so I’ve taken to making my own, along with the lefse. Haven’t made any this year but now I’m hungry! Thank you Uncle Jim!


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