Sweden is the largest of the four scandinavian countries. Scandinavia consists of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. Part of "norden" or "the nordic countries" is also the neighbouring country of Finland, Greenland, Aland Island and Faroes. The five largest of the nordic countries has a total population of approximately 25 million inhabitants.
The food in scandinavia is often hearty and rustic, traditional dishes as meatballs with potatoes, gravy and lingonberryjam is even today very common and popular. Of course the globalisation has brought with it many different flavors from around the world. For instance pizza, pasta, kebab and hamburgers are very much everyday food for many swedes and scandinavians.
Scandinavia lies spread around the baltic sea,
which always have provided for a large amount of seafood in the traditional
cooking. One of the most famous dishes are "lax" which is the swedish
name for salmon. The salmon is for instance served "gravad" or cured.
It's also often smoked, grilled or fried. Traditional serving of the cured "gravlax"
is together with boiled potatoes and "hovmästarsås, hovmastarsas"
which is a sweet and sour, mustardy sauce served cold.
Drinkwise, Sweden is famous for it's vodka, brought forward by the internationally known Absolut Vodka, the third largest spirit brand in the world. Another known swede, is the aquavit which also is a scandinavian restaurant in New York. Aquavit is a liquor seasoned with dill, star aniseed and citrus. Aquavit is often consumed together with crayfish at the annual "kräftskiva" or loosely translated crayfish-party.
This event usually occurs in the end of August,
when evenings are darker but there's still summer-temperatures. The "kräftskiva"
is often held outdoors, and people usually sit at long tables eating crayfish,
pies, bread and various sidedishes together with drinking mostly schnaps and
Another time for festivities is the swedish "midsommar", or midsummer which is celebrated in late june. "Midsommar" is the day which has the most daylight-hours in a year, and from then it starts to get darker again. The Aquavit is a popular drink also at midsummer, aswell as the beer. The food is often "inlagd sill", or cured herring. The "sill" is served with potatoes boiled in dill, sour cream (some prefer unwhipped doublecream), and crispbread. Often a buffét, or a "smörgåsbord" is served aswell which usually consists of meatballs, salmon, prinskorv (small fried sausages), potatoesallad, vegetables, bread and perhaps a "västerbottenpaj", which is a cheesepie made of swedish västerbotten-cheese.
Like in many countries, christmas is a big thing in Sweden. In early december swedes start to celebrate the advent, which are divided into first advent, second, third and fourth advent. For every advent, (sundays in december), swedes light a candle. A very popular thing is to celebrate the "advent", with an "adventsfika". Fika is a very big thing, and is in general to have a cup of coffe and perhaps a bun, or some other type of sweet. The "adventsfika" is a christmasified version of the ordinary fika, and instead of coffe and buns, glögg (hot wine punch) and "lussebullar", buns with saffron, raisins and marzipan is served.
When all four lights are lit, christmas eve is closing in. The standard swedish "julbord" or christmas-menu contains meatballs, "prinskorv" (the small sausages), "julskinka" (a large baked ham flavoured with mustard), red cabbage, "lutfisk" (dried cod in a white sauce), gravy, boiled peas, potatoes and many other sidedishes which of course varies from one family to another.
Now, you hopefully feel a little more acquainted to Swedish food, and therefore we have listed some tasty, truly swedish and scandinavian recipes for you to enjoy
swedish meatballs with creamsauce, potatoes and lingonberry-jam.
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