Light Lapskaus / Lys Lapskaus

A traditional Norwegian dish found in REMA 1000’s booklet
“Norske Klassikere” (Norwegian Classics)
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We got three kinds of “lapskaus” in Norway; soup lapskaus, light lapskaus and brown lapskaus, all traditional dishes, and the word “lapskaus” does not in any way describe what sort of dishes we’re talking about, it makes no sense at all really, so when I decided to post this post to day I took it upon me to find out where the word comes from.

Surprisingly enough “lapskaus” comes from the English “lobscouse”. The origin is uncertain, but probably the word is composed of “lob” meaning lump, and “course” meaning course or dish. Translated into modern language it simply becomes “lumpy dish”, which is a straightforward enough description of the different Norwegian versions of lapskaus.

000_recipe_eng_flagg Recipe in English  000_recipe_nor_flagg Oppskrift på norsk

Recipe posted at:

In context:
Like with most traditional dishes around the world you would find a lot of different recipes for lapskaus in Norway. My mother, for instance, made hers with beef and not pork and she never used celeriac or onions and she served it with wholemeal bread and not flatbread. And as a good son, that’s how I make and serve mine – Ted 😉

6 thoughts on “Light Lapskaus / Lys Lapskaus

  1. chefjulianna says:

    Well, this sure looks like a tasty and hearty dish! Thanks so much for bringing this to the BIG fiesta today. Can you believe that we have been partying for a whole year now? 🙂


  2. Hilda says:

    Another lovely old-fashioned home style dish! I think it would also go very well with dumplings.


    • TidiousTed says:

      Some make it with small meatballs too. There must be hundreds of variations on that dish here in Norway. When my daughters were young I used to make sausage lapskaus. The loved that 🙂


  3. I for one , think that the term “lumpy dish” does not sound appealing. But, call it what you will, good food has to have body. I have learned something today, and for that I am grateful. Thank you.


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