This is a very traditional Swedish dish and now when my parents are visiting me here in Florida, my mom and I prepared this for dinner. Dill and spirit vinegar are classic Swedish flavors and you find both in this dill pot or “Dillkött” – literally meaning dill meat. The meat you use can differ. Normally we use lamb or veal, but you can also use pork. It’s important to let the meat simmer for a couple of hours until the meat is almost melting apart.
Ingredients (4 pers):
- 2 lb lamb, veal or pork meat (best to use meat on the bone but works also without)
- 1 onion
- 3 carrots
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 white pepper corns
- 1 bunch dill
- 1/2 tbs spirit vinegar (12%)
- 2 tbs sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 tbs butter
- 3 tbs flour
- 2 cups bouillon from the boiled meat
- 3/4 cup cream
- Potatoes, carrots
Put the meat in a saucepan and poor on enough cold water to just cover it. If meat with bone, put it directly in the pan. If without bone, cut in 1 inch pieces. Peel the onion and carrots before segmenting the onion and chopping the carrot into large pieces. Put these in the saucepan along with the bay leaves, salt and white pepper. Cut off the dill stalks and put these in the saucepan too. Chop the dill heads and put to the side.
Bring the saucepan to the boil and allow the contents to simmer under a lid for 1-11/2 hours until the meat comes off the bones (or if boneless, feels very soft). You should remove any froth from the surface of the water while the meat is cooking.
Remove the meat and let it cool somewhat before cut it (if you had meat with bone). Reduce the meat stock by boiling it without a lid for a while.
Boil vinegar, sugar and water together in a separate pan. Let it cold down.
Melt butter in a pan. Add the flour and stir the whole time. While still staring, add the bullion and let it boil together for a couple of minutes. Add the cream. Then add the vinegar sauce into the sauce. Add the dill.
Place the meat back into a clean saucepan and pour the sauce over it. Heat it all until serving.
Boil potatoes and carrots and serve with the dill pot.
My plates are from Swedish “H&M Home” (US online store).