Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Smørrebrød Party!

Do you know how to confuse the heck out of your friends? Ask them to bring toppings for Smørrebrød. Even when you explain that they're Danish-style open face sandwiches, you still get stares of incomprehension. But when everyone has assembled and your friends are starting at slab of dark rye bread holding a delectable pile of shrimp and cucmber...they'll come around.

Bon Appétit magazine recently published an article on Smørrebrød, and since I am a sucker for appetizer-like mix and match things, I had to try it. So I tacked it onto a picnic that I had already planned with a group of friend. Because the toppings are so easy to carry around, nobody had a huge burden, cost-wise or transportation-wise. As the host, I provided bread, drinks (water and iced tea), Shrimp and Cucumber Salad, and extra Horseradish Mayo. [note: I cheated, though, and used frozen shrimp.] As for other toppings, my suggestions (ripped from the page of BA) were
  • Roast beef
  • Gravlax/smoked salmon
  • Greens (lettuce and/or watercress)
  • Jarlsberg cheese
  • Pickled herring (feeling adventurous?)
  • Hard-boiled eggs (sliced)
  • Honey mustard
  • Cucumber (sliced)
We had to do without greens and pickled herring...but everything turned out well. We even had a flask of Aquavit! Passing toppings around the picnic table definitely helped spark lively conversation.

I must say: roast beef, horseradish mayo, and cucumber makes a very tasty sandwich.

xo, anne.


  1. Oh my gosh, I have to do this now, it sounds fantastic!

  2. I would definitely do it again. I want to try the recipe for Aquavit spritzer...yum.

    Bonus points if you combine it with a Scandinavian Sweater Party.