Winter Supper: Swedish Meatballs, Rot Kraut, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Fennel and Green Apple Salad with Juniper Berries, & Swedish Rice Pudding with Spiced Sour Cherry Compote

by Laura on December 30, 2010

After two months spent preparing for Christmas, when it’s over the mood in our house is usually a little tired.  A long, gray winter lies ahead of us and the magic of Christmas is past.  It’s nice, then, to continue the festivities for a few days by making a meal or two like this one.  It’s simple, and many of its elements may be prepared ahead, so it isn’t a great deal of work.   And it seems to lift everyone’s spirits.  Today it is raining of all things!  Soon the temperature will fall again and everything will be a sheet of ice.  Then another six inches of fresh snow will blanket us, and the temperature will dip to single digits.  It’s nice to be gathered around the table with nice food, warm company, and nowhere we need to go.

In the Midwest, recipes for these dishes abound.  These are my versions.  Tinker happily with them as you wish.  There are tips for making the recipes in concert at the end of the post.

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1 Kris Jacobson January 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

What a great idea to instruct how to make the dinner in concert!

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