Kaldolmar recipe



Foods made from this good quality meat are cooked in cabbage leaves, then served with sliced cucumber pickles, lingonberries, and mashed potatoes. Kaldolmar is one of the best foods ever in the world.

This is what you need:


  • Large head of white cabbage
  • 400 grams of finely ground meat (half pork, half beef)
  • 1 gram of allspice
  • 50 grams of boiled rice
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1,5 grams of dried thyme
  • 1 gram of nutmeg (a pinch or two)
  • 1 egg
  • 25 grams of milk
  • 100 grams of golden syrup (aka triecle)
  • 200 grams of butter (yup, fat is what we’re making)
  • 200 grams of home made beef stock
  • 150 grams of fresh lingonberries
  • 130 grams of sugar
  • 100 grams of heavy cream
  • 600 grams of potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste throughout the process
  • A teaspoon of corn flour to thicken the sauce


How you make the lingonberry jam:

Make the lingonberry jam a day in advance. Start by boiling a mason jar to kill all the germs. Just in case you choose to keep the jam for a longer period of time.

Mix fresh lingonberries and sugar. Close the jar, shake it, and you’re done. It’s that easy. “Rårörda lingon” is what Swedes call this, meaning “raw stirred lingonberries”. Used as a condiment in various traditional Swedish dishes such as Wallenbergare, Kåldolmar and Köttbullar (meatballs).

This is how you make the kåldolmar and sauce:

Heat the oven to 200 degrees.

Combine the meat, finely ground allspice, finely chopped thyme, boiled rice and egg. Mix thoroughly. Add a some salt and pepper.

There are different methods for preparing the cabbage. What you need to do is soften it. Some recipes will call for cutting the leaves off and then boil them to soften them. I’ve arrived to the conclusion that boiling the whole head in lightly salted water is easier. It makes the leaves soft and easier to cut off. And while you roll your kåldolme, you put the head back into the boiling water for the next layer of leaves to come off.Boiling white cabbage

Cut off the hard white part of the cabbage leaf, and put about a spoonful of meat mix into it. Roll the cabbage tightly around the meat.*Rolling ground meat into cabbage leavesRaw stuffed cabbage leaves (kåldolmar)

Heat a pan, and fry the kåldolmar-rolls upside down in a lot of butter, to give them some flavour and color.

Put them in a big pan, right side up, and drizzle them with golden syrup.

Cover the dolmar with homemade beef stock and milk. If you need an idea of how much liquid we’re talking here, I would say so that it just barely covers the kåldolmar.**Pouring sauce onto kåldomar (stuffed cabbage rolls)

Put them in the oven, and let them cook for 45 minutes. They should have very dark, almost black spots every here and there. This is normal, and gives the cabbage a wonderful roasted flavour.***
Set aside the kåldolmar, and strain the liquid into a saucepan. This is now packed with meaty flavours from the stock and filling, sweetness from the syrup, and a lot of cabbage flavour. Simply wonderful. Let it cook until reduced with about 30%.

Add full cream. If you need to add salt and pepper, now is the time to taste.
Mix some corn starch with cold water. Take the saucepan off the stove, and drip the corn starch mix into the sauce while stirring. Then bring the sauce back to a boil, and it will thicken almost instantaneously.
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