Flatbrød (literally "flat-bread") is a traditional Norwegian unleavened bread which is usually eaten with fish, salted meats and soups. Originally it was the staple food of Norwegian farmers, shepherds and peasants. Flat bread is dry and free from water so it is possible to store it for a long period of time.[1]

Flatbrød in a Brødkorg
Place of originNorway
Main ingredientsBarley flour, salt, water
Making flatbrød ~ 1904, Norway

The basic ingredients are barley flour, salt, and water, though many varieties exist which incorporate other staples.[2]

It was once generally eaten in all meals, most often with cured herring and cold boiled potato, often along with sour cream and/or butter. Another use is served with betasuppe, a traditional meat soup or lapskaus, a traditional stew.[3]

The thinner the bread is, the better it is. It is rolled and then cooked on a large griddle. The tradition of making flat bread used to be passed down through generation after generation by housewives, and each person had her own recipe for preparing it. It is still an important part of Norwegian food traditions, and is alive and well in the countryside.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Norwegian Flatbread - My Little Norway". mylittlenorway.com.
  2. ^ "Flatbread, The Norwegian National Bread". Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  3. ^ "Betasuppe". meny.no. Retrieved December 1, 2019.

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