Arguably Sweden’s favorite sausage, falukorv, is a cooked sausage that contains a mix of meat, onion, salt, and some spices. You can eat it on its own or use it as an ingredient in preparing classic Swedish dishes. Keep reading to find out which ones!
In the same way that we have tosca cake and kanelbullar as favorite Swedish pastries and fika — falukorv tops it when it comes to types of Swedish sausage.
Falukorv is also known as ‘falun sausage’ because it is named after Falun, a city in Dalarna County, in the center of Sweden.
Unlike prinskorv, falukorv is easily identifiable by its red plastic casing and comes in two sizes:
- one in round shape with over 45 mm in diameter
- one that is half in size and does not form a circle
Unlike other types of sausages, falukorv is available the whole year — and enjoyed by locals in various preparations.
Oh! And how do you pronounce it? It’s pronounced as FAH-loo-korv. 🙂
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Falukorv has protected status from the European Union TSG (Traditional Specialties Guaranteed) since 2001.
Hence, the name ‘falukorv’ cannot be attached to any sausage — it has to meet the following criteria set by the EU:
- It’s using a mix of pork, beef, or veal
- Potato starch is used to bind all the ingredients
- It has onion, salt, and some mild spices
- A handful of specific antioxidants and stabilizers
- The total meat content should be at least 45%, and the fat content can only have up to 23% (max).
Can I eat falukorv raw?
Absolutely. But you must remove the red plastic casing first — that is not edible.
Falu sausage is already cooked, so totally fine to enjoy them right away.
The closest alternative to falukorv is baloney sausage from the USA.
Although baloney is slightly firmer in texture, the smokiness, salt, and spice are quite similar.
Recipes using falukorv
Instead of beef, we use falukorv to make this Swedish sausage stroganoff.
Tomato paste and mustard are used to complement the flavor of the sausage — and if you like dill, add some freshly chopped dill as well.
Also known as Swedish hash, it combines falukorv, smoked pork, and potatoes.
Traditionally served with a fried egg on top, pyttipanna is served any time of the day — especially if you have a hangover from the night before. 😉
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