O Lutefisk! Oh. Lutefisk.
November 29, 2009 12:36 PM Subscribe
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O Lutfisk, O Lutefisk!
. Also known as lipeäkala, this dried white fish once saturated with lye is a traditional dish in both Nordic countries and in much of the upper Midwest of America and the plains region of Canada. Sounds tasty, right? Let this article
describe the experience of countless kids faced with this dish each Christmas Eve before you sign up for a Lutefisk Eating Contest
(scroll for video!) in Ballard, WA.
of this medieval dish
is murky and filled with mythologies and tall tales; for Americans of Scandinavian descent, it is a symbol of humor, pride, and sometimes revulsion, so it's no surprise that someone rewrote Twas the Night before Christmas
as The Lutefisk Lament
. In fact, it is commonly repeated as a fact on many Lutefisk web pages that more Americans of Norwegian descent eat Lutefisk than actual Norwegians do.
You could make it
in the traditional way
, watch someone prepare it
, or you can download a handy PDF chart of all the places an American Lutefisk Lover
can go to get your fix - whether you are in Wisconsin or California or anywhere else. Or, you could just make plans now for the next Lutefisk Festival in July in Madison, MN, the Lutefisk Capital of the U.S.
(Glenwood, MN claims the same thing, even though they have to borrow the Lou T. Fisk statue from Madison for their parades). If eating it is absolutely not for you, there's always the Lutefisk Toss
during the Heritage Days in Two Harbors, MN.