Extreme Eating – Norwegian Lutefisk

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Lonely Planet has picked the world’s ten weirdest foodstuffs. Norwegian Lutefisk is one of them. Enjoy it in Minnesota, USA – or in its native surroundings.

Norwegian immigrants brought this aged fish dish to the Midwestern United States, where it’s become far more common than it ever was in the motherland. As pale as a Norwegian in a Minnesota winter, lutefisk is white fish soaked in lye until it becomes nearly translucent.

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Its pungent odour belies a rather bland taste. It’s the disturbingly gelatinous texture that presents the real challenge to eaters. The classic venue for lutefisk-tasting is at a lutefisk supper at one of Minnesota’s many Lutheran churches or Sons of Norway lodges.

The Lutfisk Lover’s Lifeline (lutfiskloverslifeline.com) keeps an up-to-date list of lutefisk suppers across the upper Midwest.

In Norway it is still a popular dish at Christmas time and is enjoyed accompanied by aquavit and beer. Lutefiskis normally served with stewed peas, mustard sauce, bacon,
boiled potatoes and flatbread (Editor’s remarks)

Source: Lonely Planet