Sweden is a great region, and Swedish food is a great ethnic food. At its best, Swedish food is excellent, largely meat-, fish- and potato-based, but varied and generally tasty and filling.
In the last few decades immigrants from all over the world have enriched Swedish food culture with a host of exciting dishes.
Typically classical Swedish cooking includes lots of seafood, herring in particular; open faced sandwiches; and Swedish meatballs, a smörgåsbord favorite: Swedish meatballs (köttbullar).
Swedish desserts may include lingonberries – a high bush cranberry, and used a lot in Swedish cooking.
If you equate Swedish food with smorgasbord, meatballs and dill, think again! Although these are great delights, you’ll enjoy a wide range of tasty, fresh-cooked food in Sweden.
A quarter of my family are Swedish, originating from Gothenburg. These genuine Swedish recipes have been collected by our family over the years and are now being shared with you as a celebration of Swedish traditions and food.
1lb of minced beef
onion – finely chopped
1 cup of soft breadcrumbs or oats
Milk (about 1/2 decilitre)
Soak oats or breadcrumbs in milk for 1/2 hour
Add mince and mix until smooth and well blended together
Add onion – mix well
Finally add egg and salt and pepper
Roll into little balls and fry in margarine for about 10 minutes
Served kottbullar with freshly mashed potato (potatismos) and a salad. Enjoy!
Many thanks to Ulla who shared this genuine Swedish recipe with our family.
For further tips and ideas for cooking great and traditional food from around the world, visit Swedish Recipes.
This article was submitted by Jen Carter, owner of the World Recipes website.