Now that we’ve entered November, our thoughts are turning to spending time with our loved ones for the upcoming holidays. As you shop for turkey and sweet potatoes, carrying out those long-time family traditions, perhaps consider adding some new traditions with these Scandinavian Thanksgiving recipes.

Danish Red Cabbage Rødkaal: A popular Danish side dish.


  • 1 red cabbage 
  • 1 cup of apple vinegar
  • 2 cups of water 
  • 1 teaspoon of salt 
  • 1/4 cup of sugar  
  • a little pepper for taste
  • add a couple of teaspoons of red currant 

Simmer for about 2 hours.

Lingonberry preserves: The lingonberry, in the same family as cranberry, is very popular, and the preserves are Scandinavia’s answer to cranberry sauce and very easy to make.


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen lingonberries
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 to 1 cup sugar


If using fresh berries, wash well and pick through to remove leaves and any bad berries (alternatively, defrost frozen berries). Place berries and orange zest, if using, into saucepan with water. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the berries begin to burst (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in sugar to taste, and refrigerate.

Note: If the preserves seem too watery, drain off the excess syrup and use it to make a delicious lingonberry juice – simply combine 1 part syrup with 2-3 parts water or sparkling water (1/3 cup syrup with up to 1 cup water).

Yield: 1 cup lingonberry preserves.