Roasted pork ribs/ belly, usually served with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes, is the most popular dish on Christmas Eve. (Photo: Unknown)
Norwegians are traditional when it comes to Christmas food. Nine out of ten eat roasted pork ribs (or belly) and dried mutton ribs on Christmas Eve, and most people continue to enjoy Norwegian Christmas food throughout the holidays.
A large 2012 study on behalf of the Norwegian Office for Egg and White Meat tells that on Christmas Eve, there are almost no changes from year to year. Fifty-five percent eat roasted pork ribs, while thirty-seven percent prefer dried mutton, or lamb ribs. In parts of Northern Norway, some people still eat freshly caught cod.
In Eastern Norway, more than seven out of ten prefer pork ribs on Christmas Eve, while in Western Norway more than seven out of ten eat dried mutton ribs.
But during the holiday season many taste both.
More than half answers that they eat both pork ribs and dried mutton ribs for dinner during Christmas. Almost as popular are trout/ salmon and turkey. A majority, six out of ten think it is important to eat traditional Norwegian Christmas food.
Traditions not only apply for dinners, but affect all meals.
Six out of ten say they eat Christmas breakfast on Christmas Day with many different dishes, in addition to leftovers from Christmas dinner. The most popular dishes are smoked salmon, followed by scrambled eggs and brawn.
Norwegians put time and thought into the Christmas breakfasts. The family has time to sit down at the table for many hours and enjoy themselves, and “breakfast” often lasts all day.
Turkey on New Year’s Eve
Compared with other countries, few Norwegians eat turkey on Christmas Eve. However, on New Year’s Eve turkey is a big favorite.
Thirty-two percent eat turkey for dinner on the last day of the year. Roasted turkey has established itself as the most popular dish.
New Year’s Eve is also a popular night for dried mutton ribs – eighteen percent prefers to eat this traditional meal.
Tasty, traditional desserts are an important part of all Christmas dinners.
On Christmas Eve rice cream is the first choice. As many as four out of ten choose rice cream, while two out of ten eat cloudberry cream. Other popular desserts are caramel pudding and ice cream cake.
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Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews