Monday, October 11, 2010

Maybe the best sandwiches in the world?

Sometimes I get really homesick for Swedish food.  I was just downstairs in the kitchen and opened the fridge and thought about the Swedish things that are great but hard to get here in the US.  So here you go, my list of the best traditional Swedish sandwich toppings (smörgåspålägg [ha, there is a Swedish word for you Americans to master!]), in no particular order (they are all amazing).  I know, some of you will not agree, feel free to comment. :)

    bread at restaurant P2
- Arboga leverpastej med inlagd gurka (Arboga liverwurst with sliced dill pickles) (photo)

- Skivat hårdkokt ägg med Kalles kaviar (Sliced hardboiled egg with smoked creamed fish roe) (photo)

- Skivat hårdkokt ägg med ansjovis (Sliced hardboiled egg with anchovy-pickled herring sprats [these are not real anchovies]) (photo)

- Skivad kall kokt potatis med kaviar (Sliced boiled cold potatoes with smoked creamed fish roe) (photo)

- Smörstekta kantareller (Wild-collected yellow chanterelles fried in butter) (photo)

- Räksmörgås (Shrimp sandwich, with little tiny pink shrimp, mayo, sliced boiled egg, lettuce, thinsliced lemon) (photo)

- Rökt renkött med pepparrotsvisp i tunnbröd, renklämma (Smoked reindeer meat with creamed horseradish in thin bread) (photo)

- Greveost och rökt skinka med färsk röd paprika  (Greve cheese and smoked ham with fresh sliced red pepper)

- Gravad lax med senapssås och dill (Gravlax/Brined salmon with mustard sauce and dill) (photo)

- Köttbullar (kalla) med rödbetssallad och sallad (Cold meatballs with beet salad (with youghurt or sour creme) and lettuce) (photo)

- Gratinerad varm smörgås med allt möjligt, kantareller, ost, tomater, osv. (Oven-broiled sandwiches with different toppings, such as chanterelles, cheese, tomatoes...) (photo)
    Swedish sandwiches are always open-faced (no bread on top), with things falling off them when you eat them.  That is just the way it is.  The bread can be any kind. You can make a double sandwich if you have to transport it somewhere and eat it for lunch but otherwise it is not common.

    We Swedes have much less toppings on a sandwich than Americans (well, we used to, I think Swedes are becoming richer and add more nowadays).  I only think Dutch people have less. And they put butter, chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles on their breakfast sandwiches.

    We don't cut off the crust and make little triangular double sandwiches with white mush in them like the Brits (I do like these too, but they are for people that are afraid of getting messy).

    We don't overload giant subs and heros with salamis and other meats like American-Italians (which can be great to eat, but isn't Swedish). Ever heard of a muffaletta?  They are giant. Giantly tasty too.

    We don't make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a combination I personally think is kind of... disgusting.  Each one by itself is quite fine.

    We don't make smörrebröd, that is the Danes specialty (overloaded warm or cold sandwiches you have to eat with a knife and fork - also delicious).

    Sometimes Swedes invent crazy sandwich topping combinations.  I have a vivid memory of a cousin, who will rename unnamed, who ate a sandwich with cheese, kaviar, and orange marmalade. And here is a crazy one too!

    So, what is my favorite breakfast sandwiches here in the US?  Well, since there aren't some of the Swedish things...  smoked ham, cheese and Frank's Hot Sauce...  cottage cheese and fox point seasoning...   hummus....  goat cheese...  sliced cold potatoes and kaviar (everybody else in the house thinks I am crazy to eat that)...  sliced egg and real anchovy...  marmalade....  blueberry jam (homemade, more about that later)...  cheese and pickles, or cheese and sundried tomato tapenade...


    LS said...

    I forgot a common sandwich we had with us when we were hiking in the winter - fried egg with ketchup, served cold of course!

    EH said...

    You forgot these: äppelmos (apple mash?) på smörgås and rödbetssallad (red beet sallad)på smörgås. Our grandfather always had that on a sandwich, if you remember. My youngest loves äppelmos på smörgåsen.

    EH said...

    And christmas ham with mustard, mmmm

    LS said...

    Oh, yes, äppelmos (applesauce)! Red beet salad I had listed as part of the meat ball sandwich, but it is true, our grandfather had it by itself on homebaked bread. Yummy! We should post the recipe for grandma's beet salad here on the blog.

    EH said...

    You should also mention smörgåstårta, isn´t that very swedish too? I love it and have it to seldom.

    LS said...

    Oh yes, smorgastarta - but that is a whole other subjects. Could you get some good photos of that from your store? :) Then we will write about it. Mmmm, I love it, and there is nothing like that here. I wonder what Americans would think about it. In this house it would be much loved.

    EH said...

    I´ll find some pictures

    Sarah said...

    Mm, they all sound good.

    LS said...

    Haha, Sarah loves ALL food :)

    Anders Ivarsson said...

    You're also forgetting about messmör and mesost (I wouldn't know how to translate those) - two excellent sandwich toppings! :)

    LS said...

    Hej Anders - I didn't forget about those, I omitted them. They are OK, but not my favorites... maybe I had too much of it when I grew up. Mesost is a very expensive fancy item here in New Jersey, they call it ski cheese here :)