Sheephead (smalahove) Western Norwegian traditional dish made from a sheep's head, originally eaten before Christmas. The name of the dish comes from the combination of the Norwegian words hove and smale. Hove is a dialectal form of hovud, meaning head, and smale is one word for sheep. The skin and fleece of the head is torched, The head is boiled or steamed for about three hours and served with mashed rutabaga and potatoes. It is also traditionally served with aqua vitae.