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PostHeaderIcon Cabbage Casserole (Kålpudding)

cabbage casserole - kålpudding
Swedish flagMy first experience with this casserole was in Sweden at my Mother-in- laws and really really liked it. The Swedish name for this casserole is kålpudding – pronounced koal pudding – kål means cabbage.
Give this a try – I promise you will love it! 🙂

Cabbage Casserole
Fry chopped cabbage in 3 T margarine until partially wilted

cabbage casserole
Add the dark syrup and water to the cabbage

cabbage casserole
Water has evaporated and cabbage is now ready for the casserole dish

cabbage casserole
Combine ingredients with ground pork and ground beef

cabbage casserole
Add meat on first layer of cabbage

cabbage casserole
All 3 layers done and ready for the oven

cabbage casserole
Out of the oven!

cabbage casserole 

6 servings


  • 2 lb. whole cabbage
  • 3 T margarine
  • 2 T dark syrup
  • 1/2 C water


  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 diced onion, saute in margarine
  • 1/4 C cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C milk
  • salt/pepper

Do this:
Chop cabbage into 2″ pieces and fry in margarine until partially wilted. Add dark syrup, water and simmer until water is almost evaporated.
Combine ground meat, sauteed onions, rice, egg and milk. In greased 2 quart baking dish layer half of the cabbage, then all the meat for second layer and the rest of the cabbage for the top layer. Bake in preheated 375º oven for 45 minutes.
Serve with boiled potatoes and salad.

6 Responses to “Cabbage Casserole (Kålpudding)”

  • Laurie says:

    What is the “dark syrup”?

  • admin says:

    Its a syrup you can buy at

  • patrik says:

    Karo has a dark corn syrup that works pretty well also.
    It can be bought in most regular supermarkets.
    The Swedish style syrups that can be bought in Sweden or at places like Scandiafood is made from sugar-beet, as opposed to the in the US used corn based syrups.

  • Janice says:

    Do you brown the beef first or just put it in raw???!!!

  • lisbet says:

    Served with lingonberry jam!

  • GaryE says:

    Sounds like a cabbage moussaka. Down south of here an Italian neighbour asked : What can we grow in winter. When cabbage was suggested he responded: But we don’t even like it! De gustibus…..

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