Egg and Ham Sandwich with Green Sauce / Egg og Skinke Smørbrød med Grønn Saus

A delicate sandwich found in “Varme Småretter”
(Small Hot Dishes) published by Gyldendal in 1991

Egg and Ham Sandwich with Green Sauce / Egg og Skinke Smørbrød med Grønn Saus

This dish can be served as light lunch or a small evening meal. You may want to toast the white bread slices in your  toaster instead of frying them in butter in the frying pan.

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Sixties Tartar Sandwiches / Sekstitalls Tartarsmørbrød

A recipe for a typical sixties Norwegian weekend snack found in
“Lørdagskos” (Saturday Enjoyment) published in 1967

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I remember my mother serving sandwiches like these back when this book was new and fashionable. A little unusual for a boy in his early teens, but I quickly became used to it and I still make tartar sandwiches once in a while – Ted

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Large Swedish Prawn Sandwich with Asparagus / Stor Räksmörgås med Sparris

A tempting sandwich recipe found in “Stora Boken om
Smörgåsar og Smörgåstårtor” (The Big Book on Sandwiches
and Sandwich Cakes) published in 1985Large Swedish Prawn Sandwich with Asparagus / Stor Räksmörgås med Sparris

Shrimp sandwiches are popular throughout Scandinavia.
Most restaurants and cafes have at least one variation
on the menu. This one is Swedish.

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Boston Bean Sandwiches / Doble Smørbrød med Moste Bønner

A sandwich recipe from “Thrifty New Tips on a
Grand Old Favorite” published by H J Heinz Co in 1932
Boston Bean Sandwiches / Doble Smørbrød med Moste Bønner

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Patties on Farmhouse Bread / Karbonader på Landbrød

A breafast/lunch recipe found on gilde.no
Patties on Farmhouse Bread / Karbonader på Landbrød

Patties on farmhouse bread with mozzarella, red onion,
tomato, basil, pesto and fried eggs.

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Sandwich Copenhagen / Smörgås Köpenhamn

A classic scandinavian sandwich recipe found in “Stora boken om Smörgåsar & Smörgåstortor” (The Big Book about Sanwiches and Sandwich Cakes) utgitt i 1985Sandwich Copenhagen / Smörgås Köpenhamn

This sandwich is typical for the lavish sandwiches one can get
at cafes and restaurants in Copenhagen

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Spicy Beans on Toast / Krydrede Bønner på Toast

A vegetarian lunch / snack recipe found in “Sundt og Godt”
(Healthy and Delicious) published by Det Beste in 1988
Spicy Beans on Toast / Krydrede Bønner på Toast

Mild, mashed beans get a spicy and  hot flavour in this fiber-rich stew, served on toasted white bread with cooling tomato slices.

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A Short History of Le Croque Monsieur

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The French name Croque Monsieur translates to  “Crisp Mister” and is basically a cooked cheese and ham sandwich, traditionally made with gruyere cheese and thinly sliced ham.  The name is sometimes shortened to just Croque.

The First Croque Monsieur

croque monsieur_02The first Croque Monsieur was simply a hot ham and cheese sandwich which was fried in butter – one step further than what some believe was the original which was accidentally created when French workers left the tins containing their lunches of  sandwiches on  hot radiators  whilst they worked. By the time they came to eat them, the heat of the radiators had melted the cheese.

croque monsieur_03It’s not known who had the idea of embellishing the recipe by frying the sandwich until crisp and golden,  however they first  appeared on menus in Parisian cafés in 1910, and the earliest written reference is thought to have been by the novelist Proust in his 1918 work titled  À la recherche du temps perdu  (In search of lost time).

Today’s Croque Monsieur

Over the years, further changes were made to the basic recipe, in particular the addition of mustard and a béchamel sauce. Whilst this complicated an otherwise simple recipe, versions made this way are sumptuous and relatively filling  and well worth the extra attention. 

Then came the variations including:
The addition of a fried egg served on top – a Croque Madame
The addition of tomatoes – a Croque Provençal
The substitution of  blue cheese for Gruyere – a Croque Auvergnat
The substitution of smoked salmon for the ham – a Croque Norvégien

Simpel Croque Monsieur Recipes

A simple version would be to make a cheese and ham sandwich in the usual way, then fry in butter until crisp and golden on both sides. Alternatively, spread the outside on your sandwich with plenty of butter and cook under a very hot grill until well browned on both sides.

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Cornwall Toast / Cornwalltoast

A delicious toast recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før”
(Joy of Food Like Never Before) published by
Skaninavisk Press as in 1977

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Shrimp Toast Lyngør / Reketoast Lyngør

A sandwich recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før”
(Food Enjoyment Like Never Before) published by
Skandinavisk Presse as in 1977

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Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder county, off the southeast coast of Norway. The village is about 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) northeast of Tvedestrand city center and also 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) south of the city of Risør.

lyngørPreviously a popular home for sea captains, the village is accessible only by boat, has no cars, and is known for its scenic harbour and charming wooden houses. It is recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe. Most of the buildings are now summer homes, but there are about 70 permanent, year-round residents. A hugely popular destination in the summer months, it has in later years struggled to maintain a stable permanent population. The community has a sail-making factory, a few restaurants that are open during the tourist season, and a famous general store.

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Chinese Inspired Mushroom Toast / Kinainspirerad Svamptoast

A tempting sandwich recipe foubd in “Stora Boken om
Smörgåsar og Smörgåstårtor” (The Big Book on Sandwiches
and Sandwich Cakes) published in 1985

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Toast with Fillet of Veal and Mushrooms / Toast med Kalvefilet og Svampe

A classic Danish sandwich found in “MENU International Madleksiokons  – Småretter og Salater” (MENU Internatonal
Food Encyclopedia – Snacks and Salads)
published by Lademann in 1975
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Tarragon Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches / Tesmørbrød med Estragon og Kyllingsalat

A classic afternoon tea recipe found on cookingchanneltv.com
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Petite, crustless tea sandwiches are meant to accompany afternoon tea: just the sort of light but filling snack to stave off hunger until dinner.

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Salty Waffle Sandwich / Salt Våffelsmörgås

A recipe from “Stora boken om Smørgåsar och Smørgåstårtor” (The big Book about Sandwiches and Sandwichcakes) published in 1985
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A waffle iron is a handy equipment in the kitchen. Its uses go way beyond  making waffles – Ted  😉

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Crab Sandwiches / Krabbesmørbrød

A classik picnic recipe found on BBC GoodFood496_Best-ever Crab Sandwiches_post

A classic crab sandwich made a bit more substantial with a few favourite flavours.

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