Biff à la Lindström

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Biff á la Lindström cooking in a frying pan

Biff à la Lindström is a Swedish dish made from onion, potato, red beet, capers, and ground beef, which is made into patties and fried.[1]


Although the name Lindström sounds Swedish, the inclusion of beets and capers makes it likely that the dish originates in Russia. A common story is that the dish was invented by Henrik Lindström (1831–1910), who was born and raised in Saint Petersburg.[2] He supposedly visited Hotel Witt in Kalmar on May 4, 1862, where he wanted to treat his friends to a meal he used to eat in Russia.[2] He ordered the ingredients needed from the kitchen, and the guests were instructed by Lindström on how to make the patties.[2] The patties were then brought back to the kitchen, where they were fried, and then served.[2] The dish was promptly added to the hotel's menu. The dish remains on the hotel's menu.[2]

Another story attributes the dish to Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm, the chef that accompanied both Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen on their missions to the poles and through the Northwest Passage.[3]


  1. ^ Diehl, Kari Schoening (2012). The Everything Nordic Cookbook. Everything Books. p. 200. ISBN 1440531862.
  2. ^ a b c d e Goldstein, D.; Wettainen, S. (2015). Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking. Ten Speed Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-60774-610-2. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm (1866-1939) -". Archived from the original on 2018-01-06. Retrieved 2018-11-12.