Delicious Scandinavian Recipe Ideas for a Vegetarian Replacement-to-Thanksgiving Feast

Scandinavian cuisine, known for its simplicity and use of fresh, local ingredients, can provide a delightful twist to your traditional Thanksgiving feast. If you’re looking for vegetarian options, you’re in luck. Many Scandinavian dishes are plant-based, focusing on root vegetables, grains, and berries. Here are some delicious Norwegian and Scandinavian recipe ideas that can serve as a vegetarian replacement for your Thanksgiving feast.

Main Dish: Vegetarian Fårikål (Cabbage and Dumplings)

Fårikål is Norway’s national dish, traditionally made with mutton and cabbage. For a vegetarian version, replace the mutton with hearty vegetables like mushrooms or root vegetables. The dish is slow-cooked with peppercorns and served with boiled potatoes.

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 500g of mushrooms or root vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon of whole peppercorns
  • Water
  • Salt to taste

Side Dish: Raggmunk (Swedish Potato Pancakes)

Raggmunk are traditional Swedish potato pancakes, often served with lingonberries. They make a delicious and filling side dish.

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lingonberry jam for serving

Dessert: Krumkake (Norwegian Waffle Cookies)

Krumkake are delicate, sweet waffle cookies that are a staple in Norwegian Christmas celebrations. They can be served plain or filled with whipped cream and berries for a festive touch.

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
  • Whipped cream and berries for serving (optional)

Drink: Glögg (Scandinavian Mulled Wine)

No Scandinavian feast is complete without Glögg, a warm, spiced wine often served during the holiday season. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the wine with grape juice or non-alcoholic wine.

  • 1 bottle of red wine or grape juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of blanched almonds

These recipes offer a taste of Scandinavia and can be a delightful change from the usual Thanksgiving fare. They are all vegetarian-friendly and full of flavor. Enjoy your Scandinavian Thanksgiving feast!