Lingonberry sauce

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Lingonberry sauce, a staple in Scandinavian and Northern European cuisine, has a rich history dating back centuries. Traditionally, lingonberries were gathered in the wild and used in a variety of dishes for their tart, slightly sweet flavor. The sauce made from these berries is most commonly associated with Swedish cuisine, particularly as an accompaniment to meatballs (köttbullar), but it also pairs wonderfully with game meats, pork, and poultry. The balance of acidity and sweetness in lingonberry sauce enhances the flavors of rich meats, making it a beloved condiment for both everyday meals and festive occasions.

Serves: +10
  • Fresh or frozen lingonberries 300 g
  • Water 100 ml
  • Sugar 75 g
  • Orange zest 5 g
  • Lemon juice 15 ml
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  • If using fresh lingonberries, wash them thoroughly under cold water. If using frozen lingonberries, allow them to thaw slightly before cooking.
  • In a saucepan, combine the lingonberries, water, and sugar. If you’re adding orange zest, include it in this step. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes. The berries will burst, releasing their flavors into the sauce.
  • After the berries have simmered and the sauce has thickened slightly, stir in the lemon juice. This will add a bright note to the sauce, enhancing its overall flavor profile.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. The sauce will thicken further as it cools.
  • If the sauce is too thick, you can add a little more water to reach your desired consistency. If it’s too thin, simmer for a few more minutes.

Storage Tips

Lingonberry sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For longer preservation, the sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Lingonberries are rich in vitamins C and E, fiber, and antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties and have been linked to lower blood sugar levels and improved heart health.

Interesting Facts

  • Lingonberries grow wild in the Scandinavian forests, and their harvesting is often a family activity.
  • The tradition of using lingonberries in cooking and as a preservative method dates back to the Vikings.
  • Lingonberry sauce is not only used with meats but also as a topping for desserts and in various baked goods in Nordic cuisine.

This lingonberry sauce recipe offers a simple way to bring a taste of Scandinavian tradition to your table, complementing a wide range of dishes with its unique flavor.

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