Monday, June 13, 2011
Norwegians Consider Whole Sheepshead A Culinary Delicacy
Smalahove (sheeps head) a bizarre Norwegian culinary tradition
It's lying there on a plate staring up at you, one of the most bizarre food traditions in the world. Smalahove (whole sheeps head) originated in the western part of Norway, but oddly has become a popular delicacy all over the small nation. It's usually served with cabbage stew, potatoes, beer and aquavit, a toxic combination.
It's customarily eaten in late fall, or just before Christmas. The best meat on the smalahove is thought to be around the eyes and the tongue – the bravest also eat the eye itself. Yuch! It requires one dead sheep per diner.
As soon as you overcome the grotesque look of the smalahove the Norwegians believe it is a world class exotic delicacy. No one else agrees. It's gross.