Swedish beetroot salad (perfect for smörgåsbord)

Swedish beetroot salad (perfect for smörgåsbord)

Beetroot salad is my personal favorite on the Christmas smörgåsbord. It might be an irrational choice—here are all these delicacies, and I go for a weird pickle side dish? I don’t know if it is the stunning ruby color, the sweet yet slightly acidic taste, or the...
Gravlax—Swedish cured salmon with dill

Gravlax—Swedish cured salmon with dill

Swedes enjoy gravlax as an essential part of the festive Swedish smörgåsbord, such as Christmas, served with a sweet and strong mustard sauce. Although the cured fish mostly is eaten cold, you can enjoy it around the year. You can also serve it with potatoes as a...
Köttbullar—reclaiming the Swedish meatballs

Köttbullar—reclaiming the Swedish meatballs

Are Swedish meatballs actually Turkish? After the official social media accounts of Sweden carelessly declared that Swedish meatballs really are Turkish, I wondered about the “facts” to which they referred. The claim isn’t absurd. Did meatballs came to Sweden with the...
Gubbröra—egg and sprats salad

Gubbröra—egg and sprats salad

There’s a Swedish saying that can be translated into “a dear child has many names” (kärt barn har många namn). Some “dear children” seem to have a rather unnecessary amount of names—and gubbröra is one of them. How many names can a simple...