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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Swedish Meat Balls / Svenske kjøttboller

A starter/snacks recipe found in “The Skillet Cook Book”
published by Wesson Oil & Snowdrift Sales Co. in1958

Swedish Meat Balls / Svenske kjøttboller

Hot, meaty tidbits in a creamy dunking sauce. So good, guests never know when to stop eating! To make Swedish Meat Balls in a chafing dish, brown balls and make sauce in blazer over direct heat. To keep hot, set blazer over boiling water.

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Swedish Egg Cake / Svensk Eggekake

A traditional Swedish lunch/dinner recipe found in
“Carl Butler’s Cook Book” published i Norwegian
by Cappelen i 1974

Swedish Egg Cake / Svensk Eggekake

Nordic cookbook history was written in 1974. That year a bunch of foodie friends published a cookbook that would become one of Scandinavia’s most popular, “Carl Butler’s Cookbook”. With folded corners, patches of pie dough, tomato and French mustard and an unmistakable scent of herbal spices and garlic it can be found in hundreds of thousands of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian homes. The book put for the first time coq au vin, moussaka and paté on our tables.

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Swedish Fryingpan Bread / Pannbröd

A fryingpan or griddle bread recipe found on koket.se
Swedish Fryingpan Bread / Pannbröd

Fryingpan bread, or “stompa” as it is also called,
usually Swedish children’s favourite between meals snack.

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Jansson’s Temptation / Janssons Frestelse

A Swedish classic found in “Kulinarisk Pass” (Culinary Passport)
published by Tupperware in 1970

Jansson’s Temptation / Janssons Frestelse

No Swedish Christmas table without Jansson’s! According to insecure sources, the dish has got its name after the opera singer Pelle Janzon, who lived in the last half of the 19th century, and was fond of both good food and drinks. One of the dishes served after the final curtain was this potato and anchovy dish, with plenty of beer and aquavite.

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Beef Rydberg / Biff Rydberg

A classic Swedish recipe found in “Det Gode Norske Kjøkken”
(The Good Norvegian Kitchen) utgitt av Gyldendal i 1981

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Biff Rydberg is a Swedish distinguished and unmixed harsh. It is
said that the origin is at Hotell Rydberg at Gustav Adolfs
square in Stockholm.

And yes, If you are wondering how a classic Swedish dish ended
up in a book calles “The Good Norwegian Kitchen”,
well, so do I – Ted

Winking smile

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Traditional Swedish Cabbage Soup / Tradisjonell Skånsk Kålsuppe

A traditional recipe from Sweden’s southernmost landscape found in “Carl Butlers Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance) published by Cappelen in 1991

Traditional Swedish Cabbage Soup / Tradisjonell Skånsk Kålsuppe

Nordic cookbook history was written in 1974. That year a bunch of Swedish foodie friends published a cookbook that would become one of Scandinavia’s most popular, Carl Butler’s Cookbook. With folded corners, patches of pie dough, tomato sauce and French mustard and an unmistakable scent of herbal spices and garlic it can be found in hundreds of thousands of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian homes. The book put for the first time coq au vin, moussaka and paté on our tables.

For all Scandinavians who like me love that cook book it took 17 years before we could hurry to the book shops to buy the continuance. It was simply called “Carl Butler’s Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance). This recipe is from that book – Ted

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Grilled Smoked Pork with Sauce / Grillkasseler med Sås

A quick dinner recipe found in “God Mat på en Halv
Timme” (Nice Food in Half an Hour) published by 
Alt om Mat in 1974Grilled Smoked Pork with Sauce / Grillkasseler med Sås

Smoked pork is delicious and often used summer food in Scandinavia.
This little recipe has been simplified, but it is undoubtedly an advantage
if the meat can stay a while in the “marinade” to pick up flavour.

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Fish with Nice Sauce / Fisk med Fin Sås

A seafood recipe found in “God Mat på en 1/2 Timme” (Nice Food in Half an Hour) published by Alt Om Mat in 1974
Fish with Nice Sauce / Fisk med Fin Sås

The simple fish sauce gets a creamy consistency from cream cheese and a spicy touch of mustard. Please try the combination next time you cook fish.

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Traditional Swedish Boiled Lamb in Dill Sauce / Kokt Lamm i Dillsås

A classic Swedish recipe for boiled lamb in dill sauce
found on
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A classic Swedish recipe for boiled lamb in dill sauce. Serve the dish with boiled potatoes, crispbread and beer. Instead of fresh dill you can use frozen finely chopped dill at the end.

If you use lamb with bones, don’t remove them (they add great taste). if you got room for it all in the saucepan that is.

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Gädda i Grädde / Creamy Pike

A simple fish dish found in “God Mat På en Halv Timme”
(Nice Food in Half an Hour) published by Allt Om Mat in 1974

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For this dish the golden rule is: The simpler the better. But then for a Swede the combination of pike, cream and tomato puree is unusually obvious.

Pike is copious both in Norwegian, Finish and Swedish lakes and it is a very popular fish both in Sweden and Finland. It is hardly ever eaten here in Norway though. Strange really, though it is rather ugly to look at it is absolutely delicious with its firm white meat – Ted

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Karin’s Soft Syrup Cookies / Karins Myke Sirupskaker

A classic Swedis cookie recipe found in  “Cappelens Kokebok”
(Cappelen’s Cook Book) published in 1995
Karin’s Soft Syrup Cookies / Karins Myke Sirupskaker

Ill_01_thumb[36]Karin was the Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s wife. The recipe is assigned to this cookbook by Karin’s and Carls’s grandson. Today, the syrup cookies are baked every Christmas in Larsson’s home Sundborn in Dalarna. The cakes should be quite tough. You keep the toughness by storing the cakes in plastic bags together with a piece of bread.

Potash (potassium carbonate) can be purchased at the pharmacies, but can be substituted with baking powder  or baking soda.

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Swedish Beet Soup / Rödbetssoppa

A traditional Swedish vegetable soup recipe
found on
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Swedish Beet Soup / Rödbetssoppa

It is so nice when the first beets are harvested and you can eat them lightly cooked with a dollop of butter. When they have lost their news value it’s time for soup. This recipe is traditional, but if you want to add an extra spark, serve it with freshly grated horseradish, this lovely gastronomic booster.

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Swedish Farmhouse Bread / Brød Fra Småland

A swedish bread recipe found in “Norsk Ukeblads Store Bakebok” (Norsk Ukeblad’s Big Bakingbook)  utgitt i 1984Swedish Farmhouse Bread / Brød Fra Småland

Swedish bread tends to be a bit on the sweet side and this bread will be too. It is a matter of taste of course and bread like this will suit some kinds of spreads better than others – Ted

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Strömmingslåda – Swedish Herring Mould / Svensk Sildeform

A classic Swedish recipe found in “Kulinarisk Pass”
(Culinary Passport) published by Tupperware in 1970

Strömmingslåda – Swedish Herring Mould / Svensk Sildeform

Herring is one of the very best food sources for vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in Nordic climate, it’s easy not to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It’s now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

Herring is loaded with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help prevent heart disease and keep the brain functioning properly. They also seem to be effective in reducing inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis.

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