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. :)
- 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)
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...