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Pölsa served with a fried egg and pickled beetroot

Pölsa is a traditional northern Swedish dish, very similar in taste and consistency to Scottish haggis.[1] The main ingredients are liver, heart, onion, pot barley, and often ground beef or minced pork, mixed with stock, black pepper, and marjoram. It is usually served with boiled or fried potatoes, pickled beetroot, and sometimes a fried egg.[2]

The dish plays a central role in Torgny Lindgren's allegorical novel Hash (Pölsan), in which two men go on a personal quest across postwar Sweden in search of the genuine Swedish "pölsa".[1][3][4]

The Norwegian and Danish word pølse means sausage and even if the two dishes don't look the same, the two words are related.[5][6] Pölsa is simply a traditional variety of sausage filling without any casing.[7]

The word pølse can also describe the appearance of an object, like "it looks like a pølse", and "it's pølse shaped" (i.e. sausage shaped).[7]

See also[edit]

  • Labskaus, a similar food from Northern Germany
  • Lapskaus, a similar food from Scandinavia
  • Scouse (food), a similar food from the Liverpool area
  • Stippgrütze, a similar food from Westphalia
  • Pølse, 'sausage' in Danish and Norwegian
  • Hakkemat, similar dish in Norway (Norwegian link)


  1. ^ a b Elliott, Giles (20 November 2004). "Hash". www.theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hemlagad pölsa" [Homemade pölsa]. www.koket.se. Köket.se. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Lindgren, Torgny (2004). Pölsan. Stockholm: Norstedts. ISBN 91-7297-031-6. 
  4. ^ Persson, Magnus (28 April 2014). "Märkvärdig njutning från början till slut" [Remarkable gusto from beginning to end]. www.svd.se. Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Copenhagen Street Dog". www.revolvingdansk.com. Revolving Dansk LLC. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Bergman, Kalle. "Scandinavian Streetfood: Rød Pølse, the Essence of Danish Hot Dogs". www.seriouseats.com. Serious Eats Inc. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Kindblad, Christian. "Korvens historia". www.korvhuset.com. Korvhuset. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.