Taking the Fårikål Challenge #TasteofNorway

One of my top travel bucket list destinations to visit is Norway as I long to cruise along the spectacular Norwegian Fjords and see the Northern Lights. In fact my Mum has a cruise booked for November and I may be slightly envious.

Inntravel who specialise in slow, self guided holidays which reveal the lesser-taken path of countries in Europe and beyond are currently promoting winter holidays to Norway and challenged me to cook the traditional Norwegian dish Fårikål.

Fårikål (pronounced ‘forrycoal’) and translated as ‘sheep in cabbage’, is typically served in early autumn. Originating from Western Norway it is now loved all over the country and consists of pieces of mutton or lamb on the bone, cabbage and whole black peppercorns.

0.75-1 kg of lamb shoulder, shank, or brisket
0.5 l of water
1 cube of beef broth
1 bay leaf
10 black peppercorns
1 small cabbage head, cut into wedges
Salt to taste
Fresh parsley

1) Seal the meat by frying it lightly in butter.

2) Add it to a pot and season.

3) Add the water, peppercorns, bay leaf and stock cube as well as the cabbage, and boil under a lid for 50-60 minutes.

4) When serving, pour the pan juices over the top of the lamb – you should have a rich, hearty lamb broth.

5) Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with boiled potatoes and thin, crisp flatbread with lingonberry jam or pickles.


I did manage to find some flatbread but the staff in the local supermarket looked at me funnily when I asked if they stocked lingonberry jam and pickles, so we didn’t have that to accompany the dish, but it didn’t matter.

I was concerned that with so few ingredients that it would be quite a bland dish, but the peppercorns gave it a bit if a kick and the flavour of the lamb shone through. My cabbage wedges did fall apart so it didn’t look a pretty as the pictures but it still tasted good.

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236 thoughts on “Taking the Fårikål Challenge #TasteofNorway”

  1. Ever since I was a little girl and my aunt bought me back a musical box from Austria in the shape of an Austrian house, I’ve always wanted to go. The scenery looks so beautiful and the food sounds wonderful.

  2. I love the look of Chatsworth & the Peak District (Hathersage & Castleton ) holiday. I’ve been there once and loved the dramatic scenery. Why go abroad when there is so much to explore in my own country (and I love the rain so that’s a bonus!)

  3. I’ve visited Norway briefly and would love to see more but I’d also love a slow holiday in Iceland – the landscape looks amazing.

  4. I’m not completely sure what I would choose…The Coast of Catalonia I think would be the winner. I long for sunny days and beaches! hehe

    I happen to be Norwegian, so this dish I know extremely well. I just have to point out though that there is NOTHING like “10 full black pepper corns” you just throw a handfull in there and then you serve it with it all. 😀 hehehe
    I don’t know if it’s what you meant (or even wrote, I didn’t quite understand it) but you stack the cabbage on top of the lamb every other layer if you know what I mean all the way to the top of the pot. 😀 And then you put the lid on and just…wait in agony for it to finish because it smells so good! haha Depending on how many people you serve, you might need more than one cabbage. 😀 And don’t forget to leave the lamb on the bone, the marrow is fantastic to slurp. hehe

  5. I’d love to explore the Lofoten Islands, a rural hideaway. Since there is no light pollution there and it is an the Arctic Circle I might get to see the Aurora there too.

  6. Rural Hideaway in France – preferably in Provence. Our son studied in Aix-En-Provence a few years ago and we loved visiting him there.

  7. I would love to take a slow holiday cycling in Italy as it’s so beautiful there and as I could then see my italian cousins who i haven’t seen for over twenty years

  8. I’ve always fancied a cycling trip in Europe, so there Bavarian Castles & Villages sound great… and they would sort all the bags out – perfect!

  9. Slovenia would be lovely – a nice slow walk or bike ride through the beautiful surroundings and if close enough go across the border into Italy

  10. Love Scandinavia and food…however as a staunch vegetarian I’d love to find a vegetarian alternative to what looks delicious!

  11. I would have to choose Italy. It has always been number one on my dream destination list. The Lake Ledro to Lake Garda walking holiday sounds absolutely divine!

  12. I would love to visit Norway- I’ve been to Sweden and it was beautiful, but I really want to see the Northern Lights this time!

  13. Lapland, Finland to show my husband and 3 little ones the Northern lights, this would be extra special to us as it’s also only a few hours drive away from my Nan so we could visit family while there 🙂


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