In Sweden, Christmas entails a long celebration, from the beginning of December all the way through the middle of January. The days are very short, because it is so far north, so light is scarce. It's no wonder that the traditions and food that we celebrate with are so important.
The big feast is called a Julbord, which means Christmas table, and it is a Swedish version of a smorgasbord. The first course has cured salmon, pickled herring and other pickled dishes. Then, a second course of cold meets, sliced cheese, cucumbers, and pate is served with hard bread. I love to create a delicious open-faced sandwich, or smorbrod, with all the different ingredients.
My favorite course comes next, containing the traditional Swedish meatballs, different kinds of sausages, and Jansson's Temptation, which is a hearty and delicious potato gratin.
Afterwards, the traditional dessert of rice porridge with cinnamon powder is served, and we of course have lots of glogg, the nationally beloved drink of mulled wine. There are also sweet St. Lucia buns and Ginger Cookies.
I will be sharing my recipes for these dishes in the days leading up to Christmas. Check back on the website daily for a new recipe to share with your friends, family, and loved ones this holiday.