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West Norwegian Potato Ball “Komle/Raspeball” (Gluten Free)

West Norwegian Potato Ball “Komle/Raspeball” (Gluten Free)

West Norwegian Potato Ball "Komle/Raspeball" (Gluten Free)

Norwegian potato ball is probably the most traditional. Norway eats more potatoes than most countries in the world, and potato ball is one of many meals what contains lots of potatoes.

How they are made, what they are called and even whats being expected on your plate varies from every town and city.

 

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You will need a few hours to make them, but it’s so worth it!

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Norwegian “Komle” or “Raspeball” is a meal that many Norwegians would describe as Norway’s national dish. Even thou, many would discuss whether it’s Norwegian meatballs. Some would say a frozen pizza called “grandiosa” that most Norwegians are crazy about. But the Norwegian potato ball is probably the most traditional.

Norway eats more potatoes than most countries in the world, and potato ball is one of many meals what contains lots of potatoes. How they are made, what they are called and even whats being expected on your plate varies from every town and city.

Today I will show you how to make Komle as it’s called around the city Stavanger, and if you travel a little bit north you’ll hit Bergen and they call it Raspeball. The biggest difference between Komle and Raspeball is that Raspeball would usually be served with bacon.

You will need a few hours to make them, but it’s so worth it!

The recipe is gluten free, but if you want you can sub the gluten free flour, and oats with normal white flour, and oats. That’s  how the recipe is normally made by Norwegians.

Directions

  • Peel all the potatoes
  • Boil 30% of the potatoes to a moist texture
  • Shred the other 70%
  • Find the biggest pot in the kitchen and fill it half with water
  • Put that on maximum heat, and bring to a full boil.
  • Add 1 tsp. of salt to the water. ( I also prefer in my recipe to add 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper to the water)
  • Mash the boiled potatoes and the shredded together.
  • Add flour and oats plus salt, and get your hands dirty mixing it roughly together.
  • Make the potato ball, like you would make a snowball. A tip here is to get one hand wet (with water) before making the ball in your hand.
  • Add the potato balls into your heavily boiling pot.
  • Boil them for about 40 minutes. (then they could simmer on low heat in the pot, until your guest arrives and you are ready to serve)
  • Chop sausage and bacon into dice size pieces.
  • Fry them crispy at high heat.
  • Shred fresh carrots and serve everything together on a plate.


Info

Most adults in Norway eat  4-5 potato balls depending how much they like sausages and bacon versus Potato ball. Recipe should cover enough food for 3-4 adults. You could also exchange the gluten free flour and oats with normal ingredients.

 

Difficulty

Medium Hard

Very important, water needs to be hard boiling before putting in the potato ball!

Servings

3-4 

Preparation Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

40-60 minutes

I grew up with this, because my parents is from west part of Norway. So it’s always a delight to eat it.

Thomas Haarr

ChefNorway

I would love if you make this recipe and tell me, and everyone who visit
how much you love it!

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2 Comments

  1. Carol Kendall

    Horray! I’ve been looking for this recipe for years.
    My grandmother was from Stavanger. I remember her making this, but never got the recipe from her.
    I just got back from a trip to Europe, which included a week in Norway. I had a hard time finding TRADITIONAL Norwegian food. I look forward to exploring your site further.

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    • ChefNorway

      I am happy for you. Website is underdoing some upgrades so some parts may look a little off.

      There is more Norwegian recipes all over the website!

      Reply

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