Lutefisk Lives On, But Why?

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (December 21, 2012)--Every holiday season, Minnesota’s Scandinavians flock to VFW posts, church basements and community get-togethers to wolf down the frequently mocked dish called lutefisk.

America's rising foodie culture has inspired a new generation of chefs and adventurous eaters who tap into obscure ethnic food traditions and even Scandinavian cuisine shares the spotlight.

But not lutefisk, a dried white cod reconstituted by soaking it in caustic chemicals, which is a throwback that resembles a quivering hunk of white Jell-O.

It manages to live on where people of Scandinavian descent are numerous.

At the VFW post in the Minnesota town of Litchfield, retired custodian Dennis Voss said he learned to stomach it to please his Norwegian-American wife.

His secret?

Butter, and lots of it.


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