Given Norway’s designation as “The Happiest Place on Earth”, you might expect great things from their first meal of the day and, as usual, they do not disappoint! Traditional Norwegian breakfasts are an adventure for your taste buds, allowing you to prepare for a day of exploration. No matter what part of Norway you have chosen to visit, you will probably encounter one or two of the traditional morning dishes listed below. As part of your holiday, challenge yourself to try these favourite Norwegian foods. You won’t regret it!
1. Breads (Kneippbrød Roll, Lefserull)
Although Norwegian breakfasts are generally light and not carb-loaded, they do feature high-quality breads that are simply divine. Kneippbrød was named after the famous nineteenth-century Bavarian priest and doctor, Dr. Sebastian Kneipp, who was one of the early founders of the Naturopath Movement. His bread recipe was one of the first to use the entire grain, which resulted in hearty whole-grain bread that is both satisfying and ridiculously healthy.
The second Norwegian bread that cannot be missed is called Lefserull. This unique flat bread is made using potatoes and cream, and pairs beautifully with eggs, smoked salmon and potatoes. The flavour combination is stunning, and will leave you wanting it at every meal!
2. Laks og Eggerøre
Laks og eggerøre is probably the most common Norwegian breakfast dish that you will find. Ironically, this ‘common’ dish features smoked salmon, which is generally regarded as a rare delicacy by the rest of the world! However, the combination of creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon sprinkled in is a match made in heaven that feels both decadent and strangely healthy. Although this simple dish could be viewed as perfect in itself, modern day chefs use it as a canvas for eclectic sauces or a variety of additions. Flavourful sauces that blend wine and herbs add a whole new dimension to this dish. Alternatively, you can try ordering it as an open-faced sandwich, topped with an anchovy-like fish that is native to Norway. The sky is the limit when it comes to varieties of laks og eggerøre.
Fortunately, the Norwegians are wise and subscribe to the belief that cheese is a way of life. When in doubt, cheese is always the answer. Brunost is a permanent feature at most Norwegian breakfast tables, and is an absolute delight when paired with toast and a side of juniper berries. This richly flavoured cheese is sweet and sharp, featuring a mild hint of caramel. After your first bite, you will understand the Norwegian devotion to this particular cheese.
As to be expected, Jarlsberg is a popular cheese that can be found at just about every meal, including breakfast. This “Swiss cheese of Norway” has a rich texture and a nutty flavour that pairs well with sausage and eggs to create the perfect breakfast sandwich.
Nøkkelost is also a must-try during a visit to Norway. This particular cheese is strongly flavoured with a variety of spices, including cumin, cloves and caraway seeds that give it a distinctive taste and subtle spiciness.
Norwegians certainly know how to start their day right. Their chosen “breakfast of champions” is healthy, satisfying and full of flavour! The traditional dishes that you will find during a visit to Norway have changed very little over the years, allowing you to sample the typical Norwegian style of perfection in simplicity.