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Lutefisk is a Norwegian specialty of air dried (unsalted) cod, which is soaked in water and lye before cooking. It is then simmered in water for 10 to 15 minutes, until just done. It is usually served with a cream sauce. Lutefisk and lefse is a traditional Christmas Eve meal.

Madison, Minnesota claims to be the 'Lutefisk Capital of the U.S.' and Glenwood, Minnesota claims the title 'Lutefisk Capital of the World.'  In 1983 Madison placed a 25 foot-long fiberglass fish named 'Lou T. Fisk' on permanent display in a local park.

Today, Lutefisk seems to be much more popular with Norwegian Americans than in Norway. A recent survey indicated that only 2% of Norwegians eat lutefisk on Christmas Eve.




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