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Swedish Potato Sausage (Värmlandskorv or Potatiskorv)

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Delicious Swedish Potato Sausage (Värmlandskorv) made with ground pork, ground beef, diced potatoes, milk, and a few basic spices. Just like grandma makes them!

Värmlandskorv (also called Potatiskorv) is a Swedish potato sausage made by combining potatoes, onions, and savory meats like ground pork and ground beef. This hearty sausage is a staple in Swedish cuisine, especially around Christmas, but it’s delicious any time of the year.

The traditional sausage is known for its rich flavor, which comes from a mix of basic seasonings like kosher salt, black pepper, and allspice. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s both filling and comforting, making it perfect for different holidays or just a cozy night in.

What You Need to Make Potato Sausage

  • 3 lbs ground pork
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 5 lbs potatoes, finely diced
  • 5 onions, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • sausage casings (pork casings are commonly used, but you can also use regular hot dog casings)

What tools do I need to make Swedish Potato Sausage at home? 

To make your own sausage, you’ll also need a few key tools:

If you don’t already own these, they can be a great investment for your kitchen, especially if you love to try new sausage recipes.

How to Make Potato Sausage

Prepare the Sausage Casings

  1. In a large bowl, soak the sausage casings in water for 4-6 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then set aside.

Make the Potato Sausage Filling

  1. In a large bowl, mix all the filling ingredients until well combined. Feel free to also grind the potatoes and onions along with the meat beforehand (using a grinder or grinder attachment) for a more uniform texture.

Stuff the Sausage Casings

  1. Feed the mixture through the grinder into a large bowl. Some people prefer to do this step twice to get a finer consistency, but once is usually enough.
  2. Stuff the potato sausage filling into the prepared casings using a sausage stuffer. Don’t overfill the casings to prevent breakage. Once stuffed, tie the ends of the casings and make whole sausage links by twisting the casing where you want the links to end.
  3. Prick the top of each sausage with a toothpick. When your sausages are filled, it’s important to let them rest. You can let them sit overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors meld. This step isn’t mandatory, but patience can sometimes be the secret ingredient!

Cook the Potato Sausages

  1. In a large pot or large saucepan, boil water (just enough to cover the sausages).
  2. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, turn the heat down to a low simmer. Place the potato sausages in a single layer and boil for about 14-17 minutes, or until the sausage is cooked through.
  3. Optionally, you can sear the sausages in a large skillet for golden-brown potato sausages. Add butter to a skillet on medium-high heat, and cook the sausages for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown. ENJOY!

How Do I Cook Swedish Potato Sausage?

To cook Swedish Potato Sausage, you can fry it, bake it, boil it, or even grill it! It’s a versatile food that tastes great in a lot of different dishes – Swedish or not!

What do I serve with Swedish Potato Sausage? 

Traditional accompaniments include lingonberry jam, pickled cucumbers, or a creamy dill sauce. It also pairs well with crispbread or boiled potatoes and can be included in a smorgasbord.

How can I store leftovers? 

Leftover cooked Swedish Potato Sausage can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently in a skillet or in the microwave before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Swedish Potato Sausages called?

Swedish Potato Sausage can be referred to as Potato Ring, Swedish-Style Potato Sausage, Värmlandskorv, and Potatiskorv. What it’s called depends on where you are and your tradition.

Can I Make Swedish Potato Sausages Ahead of Time?

Yes! You can freeze the sausages either before or after cooking. Make sure they are well-wrapped or stored in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag to prevent freezer burn. When ready to eat, just defrost and reheat as usual.

Can I make Swedish Potato Sausage with different meats? 

Yes, while the traditional recipe calls for pork and beef, you can experiment with other meats like turkey, chicken, or even venison. Keep in mind that the flavor and texture will vary with different proteins.

What if I can’t find sausage casings? 

If you’re unable to find sausage casings, you can still enjoy the flavors of Swedish Potato Sausage by forming the mixture into patties or meatballs. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Can I make potato sausage without a meat grinder and sausage stuffer?

While these tools are ideal for making sausage, you can use a food processor to grind the ingredients and manually stuff the casings if you’re willing to put in the extra effort.

Is Swedish Potato Sausage served during a specific season or holiday? 

While particularly popular around Christmas, Swedish Potato Sausage is enjoyed year-round. It’s a versatile dish that fits well with many different holidays and occasions.

How do I prevent the sausage casings from bursting while cooking? 

Avoid overfilling the casings, and make sure to prick any air bubbles with a pin before cooking. When simmering, do not let the water boil, as the high heat can cause the casings to burst.

Are there any variations of the Swedish Potato Sausage recipe? 

Yes, some variations may include additional spices like nutmeg or cloves, or incorporate other root vegetables such as carrots or parsnips for a different flavor profile.

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Baked Homemade Swedish Potato Beef Pork Sausage With Spices And Herbs, Close Up, Spiral

Easy Swedish Potato Sausage Recipe (Värmlandskorv or Potatiskorv)

DWELL by Michelle
Delicious Swedish Potato Sausage (Värmlandskorv/Potatiskorv) made with ground pork, ground beef, diced potatoes, milk, and a few basic spices. Just like grandma makes them!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine European, Swedish
Servings 25 servings
Calories 141 kcal

Equipment

  • a meat grinder with a grinder attachment
  • a mixer
  • a sausage stuffer

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs ground pork
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 5 lbs potatoes, finely diced
  • 5 onions, finely diced
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 3 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • sausage casings (pork casings)

Instructions
 

Prepare the Sausage Casings

  • In a large bowl, soak the sausage casings in water for 4-6 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then set aside.

Make the Potato Sausage Filling

  • In a large bowl, mix all the filling ingredients until well combined. Feel free to also grind the potatoes and onions along with the meat beforehand (using a grinder or grinder attachment) for a more uniform texture.

Stuff the Sausage Casings

  • Feed the mixture through the grinder into a large bowl. Some people prefer to do this step twice to get a finer consistency, but once is usually enough.
  • Stuff the potato sausage filling into the prepared casings using a sausage stuffer. Don't overfill the casings to prevent breakage. Once stuffed, tie the ends of the casings and make sausage links by twisting the casing where you want the links to end.
  • Prick the top of each sausage with a toothpick. When your sausages are filled, it's important to let them rest. You can let them sit overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors meld. This step isn't mandatory, but patience can sometimes be the secret ingredient!

Cook the Potato Sausages

  • In a large pot, boil water (just enough to cover the sausages).
  • Once the water comes to a rolling boil, turn the heat down to a low simmer. Place the potato sausages in a single layer and boil for about 14-17 minutes, or until the sausage is cooked through.
  • Optionally, you can sear the sausages in a large skillet for golden-brown potato sausages. Add butter to a skillet on medium-high heat, and cook the sausages for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown. ENJOY!

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal
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