In our Heritage Dish series, we feature Hamilton Beach employees and their favorite family recipes. This month, we highlight Atle Larsen, Group Brand Manager, and one of his favorite family recipes inspired by life on the water in Norway.
For as long as I can remember, fish and seafood have been an important part of my diet. Growing up near the ocean in Norway, I have fond memories of going down to the harbor, pumping rainwater out of the boat, and setting out to sea with my grandfather Emil to either set or pull fishing nets.
Peering over the side of the boat while my grandfather pulled the nets, I would watch in anticipation of what we might catch. If I could see white (the belly of the fish), I knew we would go home with dinner. Back at my grandparents’ house, one of us would clean and prepare the fish for dinner and the freezer.
On occasion, we would bring back cod, which meant I could look forward to my then-favorite dinner: boiled cod with boiled potatoes and carrots along with melted butter and parsley. The more abundant pollock and haddock was either served pan fried or made into fiskekaker (fish cakes).
Fiskekaker presented a great opportunity to add some spices and flavors to the typically bland Norwegian diet. My grandmother would prepare fiskekaker just like the recipe described below. After browning, they were added to a saucepan full of brown sauce and were often served with boiled potatoes. Potatoes are a staple in my home region and were served every night in my home except when we had spaghetti bolognese. From the age of seven, it was my responsibility to peel the potatoes for dinner. I have always enjoyed the flavorful taste of fiskekaker and it brings back special memories of fishing as a child with my grandfather.