A Classic Norwegian Christmas sandwich spread and
buffet accessory found on matprat.no
“Sylte” is a classic Norwegian Christmas sandwich spread that many still make at home. It can be made from pork ribs like in this recipe or from the meat in the pig’s head. The last was a tradition in my childhood home and my sister and I thought the big pig’s head my mother brought home was both fascinating and gross. On the other hand, we had nothing against the finished product. And “sylte” is still one of the things I’m looking forward to when it’s getting close to Christmas.
“Sylte” is usually eaten on wholemeal bread topped with either strong, sweet, Scandinavian mustards or pickled beetroots or wrapped in lefse with the same accessories.
A classic Christmassy buffet pâté from “Forretter” (Starters)
published by Hjemmets Kokebook Klubb in 1982.
As I’ve mentioned before, Scandinavian Christmas buffets are serious stuff, copious dishes and nothing but the best. These chicken pâtés would fit right in on such a buffet.
A Scandinavian Christmas buffet classic found on grytelokket.com
Scandinavian Christmas buffets are serious stuff. A few slices of smoked salmon, a little cured meat and some pickles simply wont do. Pates, cold pork ribs, meat rolls, potted and pickled herring, smoked and cured salmon or trout, cold or hot Christmas patties and sausages, salads, the list goes on for ever. Chicken liver pate is a favourite on these buffets and it’s not hard to make.
In the old days, curing meat was a virtue of necessity, while it is today generally considered a delicacy. Many believe that curing meat is difficult, but it is actually a much easier process than most imagine. With this recipe for cured sirloin of beef and mustard sauce you can try for yourself.
My brother in law, a very skilled cook, makes a wicked cured beef for Christmas every year and serves it with cherry tomatoes, fresh dill and horseradish sauce. For me it is one of the absolute culinary highlights of Christmas season.
- Recipe: Spicy Beef Chili With Butternut Squash (massenmedical.com)
- Cannon & Cannon Launch Meat School (pressat.co.uk)
- Taking matters – and cheese and cured meat – into your own hands (chicagoreader.com)