Sour cream porridge with dried meats was festive food in the olden days and is still considered that today. Sour cream porridge must be made from high fat (35%) natural sour cream, with no stabilizers or gelatin added. For the best results, use homemade sour cream- a recipe is included below.


  • 1 ⅔ cups 35 percent fat sour cream (Recipe for homemade sour cream in Step 1)
    • Ingredients for homemade sour cream:
      • 1 cup whipping cream
      • 2 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1 ¼ cups flour 
  • cups full fat milk 
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cinnamon


Step 1

To make sour cream, heat 1 cup whipping cream to 95º F/ 35ºC, almost body temperature, then whisk in 2 Tbsp. buttermilk. Let stand at room temperature at least 8 hours, until thickened.

Step 2

Simmer sour cream, covered, about 15 minutes.

Step 3

Sift in ⅓ of the flour and stir. Simmer until the butterfat begins to leach out. Skim off the fat and set aside.

Step 4

Sift in the remaining flour, stir, and bring porridge to a boil. In a separate pot, bring the milk to a boil. Add milk to the porridge one cup at a time, whisking each time before adding moreWhisk porridge until smooth and simmer about 10 minutes. Season with salt. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Enjoy the rømmegrøt with melted butterfat and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.