Try Lutefisk, a Traditional Norwegian Dish

lutefiskIf you are not too busy this weekend, you may want to take a drive to Iola for the 96th Annual Lutefisk Supper and Norwegian Bake and Craft Sale. The dinner is served family style and offers lutefisk, lefse, meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered carrots, coleslaw, cranberries and Norwegian pastries.

Sounds pretty good, right?

Many of you may be wondering; what exactly is lutefisk? Lutefisk is a type of dried cod that is rinsed in cold water then broiled or baked, and served with butter, salt, and pepper. The fish has a gelatinous texture, and is said to be an acquired taste.

If the dinner doesn’t interest you, there will most likely be something at the craft or bake sale that sparks your interest.

For those of you that don’t have time to make it out to Iola this weekend for this event. Maybe try making your own lutefisk supper at home sometime this week.

Here are a couple pretty simple recipes for lutefisk: http://www.sofn.com/norwegian_culture/showRecipe.jsp?document=Lutefisk.html

Just make sure you don’t forget to make plenty of side dishes with your lutefisk if you are not too fond of the taste. Most importantly don’t forget the dessert! There is an abundance of delicious traditional Norwegian desserts that are sure to please. One that caught my eye is Peach Melba.

The 96th Annual Lutefisk Supper and Norwegian Bake and Craft Sale will be hosted at Northland Lutheran Church in Iola. The event is on Saturday, October 19th from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm. You can purchase tickets when you get there and the parking is free. Directions to Northland Lutheran Church can be found here.

So whether you decide to take a drive to Iola, or make your own lutefisk at home, let us know here at Community Insurance how you liked this traditional Norwegian style fish dinner.

-Hannah Schaenzer

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