If you’ve ever been to Sweden or any of the Scandinavian countries, you will have surely tried this delicious type of sausage. The tasty blend of ground pork with beef or veal, combined with potato and spices makes this a truly yummy midweek treat to really mix up the menu!
I’ve included a super easy-to-follow recipe for this tasty European delicacy which will be sure to have you making your own potato sausages on the regular.
Table of Contents
- What is Swedish Potato Sausage?
- What Equipment Do I Need to Make Potato Sausage?
- Tips for cooking Swedish Potato Sausage
- How to Cook Swedish Potato Sausage
- Swedish potato sausage: Fast, easy, and delicious
What is Swedish Potato Sausage?
Swedish potato sausage, or Falukorv, is a sausage made up of a grated mixture of smoked ground pork and ground beef or veal with potato starch flour, onion, and some mild spices. This is then put into the sausage casing.
Unlike regular sausages that are short cylinders, Swedish potato sausages are filled as a long cylinder that is then rolled into a spiral and cooked as one large sausage.
What Equipment Do I Need to Make Potato Sausage?
There’s only a few things you’ll need to make Swedish potato sausages, and most you’ll have already.
- Large bowl
- Sausage stuffer
- Frying pan
- Food grinder/processor (if you don’t have one of these though you can always dice the pork, potato, onion very small.
If you don’t have a sausage stuffer already, you could always use a funnel with a long stem. If you bring the sausage casing through the stem and stuff the filling through the funnel, this works quite nicely too! This is a much cheaper option if you are new to sausage making and trying it out for the first time.
If you’ve made sausages before and feel you would up-skill your cooking by investing in a sausage filler, I have included one below which has really great reviews!
Tips for cooking Swedish Potato Sausage
- Make sure to soak your sausage casing before use: As a result, this will help to remove the naturally occurring salt present when you buy it, and it will help make the casing more pliable and easy to use once you start stuffing them.
- Stuff the sausage casings loosely: This will prevent the casing from splitting under the pressure of too much filling.
- Use a toothpick: Before cooking your sausage, be sure to prick the skin with a toothpick. Thanks to this step, this will prevent your casing from splitting and the filling from falling out.
How to Cook Swedish Potato Sausage
Here we go with the recipe – This is a really simple one.
Once you get the hang of it, will probably become a go-to recipe for midweek dinners!
For the filling
- 15 lbs potatoes, peeled
- 3 lbs onions, peeled
- 3 lbs boneless ground pork shoulder butt roast
- 3 lbs ground beef
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ – ¾ cup milk
- 4 tbsp pepper
- 3 tsp ground nutmeg
- 5-7 tbsp salt
For the stuffing
- sausage casing or hot dog casing
Time needed: 50 minutes.
How to make Swedish potato sausage
- Prepare your sausage casing
Using a large bowl, let your sausage or hot dog casings soak in some water for 4-6 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then set aside.
- Making the filling
In your food grinder, use the coarse disc, add potatoes, onions and pork and process. This will give your sausages a nice uniform texture. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and combine with the ground beef.
- Add more ingredients
Add in the ground beef, followed by the rest of your dry ingredients and mix well. Next, add your milk in increments while mixing.
- Stuff casings loosely
Stuff the potato sausage filling into the casing you prepared earlier, using a sausage stuffer. Be aware not to overfill the casing, as this may cause the casing to split.
You’ll want to stuff the casing in one long tube as opposed to short regular sausages. This will give you your traditional spiral shape.
Once stuffed, tie each end of the casing, and roll your sausage into the spiral shape.
- Poke holes
Prick the top of the sausage intermittently with a toothpick. This will prevent the casing from splitting while cooking.
Cooking the potato sausage
For cooking the sausage, you can either boil or fry the sausage. If you’re hosting a BBQ, I would recommend boiling your sausage prior to your guests arriving. You can then pop on the BBQ knowing your food is cooked through completely, while getting that tasty smoky flavor too.
Check out another post I have on my blog with a full run-through on how to poach sausages!
- Using a large pot or dutch oven, fill the pot with enough water to completely cover the sausage and boil the water.
- Once boiled, reduce the heat so the water continues to a low simmer and place the potato sausage in a single layer and boil for approximately 14-17 minutes, or you’re happy with how well cooked through the sausage is.
- Using a cast iron skillet, add a high smoking point oil like canola or avocado oil. Bring your skillet to high heat and once the oil becomes hot, add your sausage to the pan and sear.
- Cook the sausage on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until they have a golden brown exterior.
If you want further information on how to make Swedish potato sausage, I’ve also got a video below that may help to explain things further!
It is very simple to reheat sausage in the microwave, or air fryer if you have one
If order to fill the casing, it’s pretty hard to fill without a sausage stuffer (believe me, I’ve tried!)
I love to have Mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, sautéed peppers and onions, potato salad, potato chips, grilled vegetables, baked beans, or garlic and rosemary baked potato wedges.
Swedish potato sausage: Fast, easy, and delicious
Now you know how to cook Swedish potato sausage! This tasty meal is sure to become one of your favorite recipes and a great hit with your family while adding a bit of culture to your mealtime! The potato addition is so tasty and adds great texture too.
In addition, make sure to prick your casing with a toothpick before you cook to avoid the casing from splitting, as this is a common mistake!
Let me know how they work out in the comments section!