What comes to mind when one thinks of Swedish cuisine? Meatballs are probably right at the top of the list, perhaps followed by gingerbread cookies, and maybe the culinary skills of the Swedish chef on the Muppet show!
While growing up in Sweden, my mother served what is called “husmanskost”, which refers to traditional home-cooked Swedish food, such as falu sausage, pork hocks, mashed rutabaga, cabbage rolls, fish in all kinds of variations, blood pudding and of course, meatballs!
I am pleased to share with you that Swedish cuisine has evolved quite a lot since then!
Of course, meatballs are still extremely popular and there is even a restaurant in Stockholm called “Meatballs for the people” where the classic Swedish meatball dish can be enjoyed!
But there is so much more! From simple street food to a 3-star Michelin restaurant, Sweden does not disappoint!
Swedish cuisine makes the most of local Nordic ingredients, such as game, fish, local vegetables and fruit and berries. Foreign influences also play a role, especially the importance of the French cuisine during the 17th and 18th century.
How about a fillet of reindeer spiced with lingonberries and bay leaves or a butter baked pike perch with broccoli cream and white wine sauce with roasted lemon? Or you may just prefer a simple “korv med mos” , a hot dog with mashed potatoes on top, from a local hot dog stand!
If you want to forage for your own food and eat dinner, surrounded by Swedish nature, then, “The Edible Country” is for you. Or, if you prefer to dine at a Michelin Star restaurant instead, Sweden has no less than 79 of those, with Frantzén, located in downtown Stockholm, earning 3 of the coveted stars.
If you happen to visit in August, perhaps you will be lucky to be invited to a typical crayfish party! It involves some crayfish, a little bit of schnapps and a lot of singing!
One of the best values when eating out is “Dagens Rätt”, or the daily special, served in many restaurants at lunch. Just ask for “Dagens” and they will know what you mean!
So whether you are looking for a Nordic gourmet experience, or you are happy with a “korv” at a street corner, Sweden is sure to have something to please all the foodies out there!
So start dreaming and when you are ready to turn your dream into realty, we would be honoured to design your amazing Swedish adventure!