Making sauerkraut, a fermented cabbage rich in probiotics, is simple and affordable. Scandinavian cuisine is known for its use of pickled and fermented condiments such as sauerkraut, serving them alongside all meals for enhanced digestion and a crisp, sour flavour contrast. Enjoy this grain dish for breakfast with a poached egg, or dinner with roasted wild salmon. This will serve four as a side, and two generously as a main.
If you don’t make your own, there are many store-bought sauerkrauts with “live” cultures. Look for them in the refrigerated section of your grocery store or health food store—they should contain just two ingredients: cabbage and salt.
For sauerkraut, in your largest ceramic or glass bowl, with clean hands, massage cabbage and salt until tender and beginning to give off liquid, about 3 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes to release juices. Pack cabbage very tightly into large clean glass jars; add cabbage water from bowl to mostly cover cabbage, and place a weight on top (I use a glass cup that fits inside the jar). Place on tray or baking sheet and store in a cool, dark place (I use my basement) for 10 to 14 days. Remove weight, seal, and refrigerate for up to 3 months.
For spelt berries, in medium saucepan, add water and spelt or barley. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook until tender: 45 to 60 minutes for spelt berries, 20 to 25 minutes for barley. Drain excess liquid, add warm grains back to pot, and stir in garlic, followed by sour cream or yogurt, herbs, vinegar, and salt. Spoon into serving bowls.
Toss apple with sauerkraut and place a scoop on top of warm grains. Scatter a little more grains on top and sprinkle with additional herbs.
This recipe is part of the Scrumptious Scandinavian collection.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
While on your burger journey, visit Jamaica, where you’ll find the spicy jerk flavours native to this beautiful island. Maple syrup adds a unique, sticky sweetness, while fresh lime juice highlights the fresh, tangy flavours of the Caribbean. Try making your own jerk seasoning or purchase store-bought for an easy shortcut.