You loved the Norwegian waffles, now how about something really Viking. Those guys on the Viking Facebook have been asking for it. ANCIENT VIKING SHEEP STEW because trouble always sets heavy on an empty stomach.


Serves 75


  • 50 to 60 pounds fat lamb
  • 3 pounds white fat pork
  • 3 pounds smoked pork side meat
  • 50 to 60 onions
  • 3 tablespoons red pepper
  • 7 tablespoons black pepper
  • 10 tablespoons salt
  • 4 to 5 pounds of butter
  • 3 1/2 to four loaves of bread, broken into pieces 

Dress the lamb. Saw the sides from the backbone and cut the meat into smaller portions. Place meat in a kettle with cold water (the best is one of those big old black iron pots, about 30-35 gallons is good for outdoors). Start the fire. Add the finely cubed fat meat and side meat. Then add onion. When meat is tender, remove all bones, and add seasoning: taste to adjust seasoning. Add the butter and the bread.

To stir, use a pronged stick 5 feet long, or a long-handled fork. Stir enough to keep stew from sticking. When water is needed, add hot, not cold, water. Cook until thick enough to eat with a fork. This will take 6 hours or more. Serve hot. But, leftovers are good cold for breakfast.

Illustrated by Joachim Beuckelaer (Flanders, 1500 ad)

Published in: on July 19, 2009 at 9:20 pm  Comments (6)  
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  1. Have a problem with the red pepper in the recipe. Red pepper, or chili pepper, didn’t make it to Europe until after Columbus. Hard for Vikings to put it in their stew if they didn’t have any on hand.


    • Hey Charlie, lighten up. Maybe they got it from the Inuit and just kept it secret.

  2. Hmm, wonder if it’s too late to have that for supper tonight! LOL.

    • Better get started right now then Heidi. Get out there and lasso that sheep. Have fun, thanks, Fairlee

  3. Holy Cow, Fairlee!! If I’m going to cook that much I need to step up my social circle. Maybe a block party, huh? I hate lamb chops, so expect I hate all matter of sheep as food. Might be in my DNA as my daddy was an old-time cowboy. Interesting though and lovely picture of a carcass. 🙂 Eunie

  4. Great picture – can you imagine this in a Martha Stewart magazine?!?!?! Guess the Vikings would have missed out on that publicity!

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