Lingonberries,  Meatballs,  Norway,  Side Dishes

Kjøttkaker – Norwegian meatballs

To round up the Nordic meatballs week, we have the Norwegian kjøttkaker! The more direct translations would be meat cakes, but yeah, meatballs sounds better. 

There used to be a running joke that when youngsters moved out from home, it was their mothers kjøttkaker that they’d miss. Looking on the recipe sites these days, it seems to have shifted more to a sentimental meal grandma makes. At any rate, this is a delicious traditional weeknight dinner in Norway! 

Yield: 4 servings

Kjøttkaker - Norwegian meatballs


Delicious and traditional Norwegian meatballs, in this recipe they're made with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage stew.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • 800 grams / 1.8 pounds potatoes
  • 4 carrots.

Cabbage Stew

  • 600 grams / 1.3 pounds cabbage.
  • 2 tablespoons butter.
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour.
  • 5 dl / 17 ounces milk.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper.


  • 1 onion.
  • 500 grams / 1 pound ground beef.
  • 1 egg.
  • 2 tablespoons potato flour.
  • 2 dl / 6.8 ounces milk.
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  • 2 tablespoons butter.

To serve

  • Lingonberry jam


For the vegetables:

    1. Wash the potato well and cook until tender, for approx. 20 minutes.
    2. Cut the carrot into pieces and cook in lightly salted water for 10–15 minutes.

For the cabbage stew:

    1. Cut the cabbage into pieces and cook in lightly salted water until tender, approx. 4 minutes.
    2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Stir with milk to a thick sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Strain the water from the cabbage, and turn the cabbage into the sauce, for cabbage stew.

For the meatballs:

    1. Chop onions. Put minced meat, onion, egg and potato flour in a food processor and process together. Stir in milk to the right consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
    2. Shape the mixture into cakes that are fried in butter over a medium-high heat. Fry on all sides until the cakes are cooked through.

    Serve the meatballs with potatoes, carrots, cabbage stew and lingonberry jam.


If you don't have or don't want to purchase potato flour/starch (There is a link below), you can also use corn starch or all purpose flour.

Recipe and image source: Tine.no

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