A staple at any Swedish celebration, whether it be a birthday party, family reunion or wedding, is a dish called Smörgåstårta, which literally translates to "Sandwich Cake". It's a savory dish made with bread and a wide variety of fillings, layered similarly to a cake. It's delicious and it's the perfect meal to try this summer at your family gathering or picnic!
The idea is to layer bread, mayo and a variety of fillings, finishing with a decorative final layer. The most common fillings are cold cuts like ham, cheese, roast beef, cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced hard boiled eggs, all layered with mayo. If you like seafood, you can also use smoked salmon and shrimp. You can make it square, round or rectangular, big or small. Here are some ideas to make your very own Smörgåstårta, but keep in mind that you can personalize it and make it any way you wish:
What you need
- Loaf of bread, sliced length wise so you have roughly 4 long, rectangular slices, crust trimmed off (white or light rye bread is most commonly used in Sweden)
- Filling: You can make different fillings between each slice of bread if you want to squeeze in as much goodness as possible. Make a filling by whipping about half a cup of whipping cream, and mixing with half a cup of mayo. Add chopped ham, salmon or egg. Dill can taste good in the filling too depending on what ingredient you are using.
- Garnish: Match your garnish to your fillings. If you used fish, shelled shrimp and hard boiled egg slices make a nice garnish. Or slices of ham, roast beef and cheese works if you used that type of filling. Halved cherry tomatoes and cucumber ribbons are also common.
How to make it
- Boil eggs if using
- Layer one of the bread slices on a plate or pan.
- Add your first layer of filling and top with another slice of bread.
- Add a second layer of filling and top with another slice of bread.
- Add a third layer of filling and top with the last slice of bread.
- Add a layer of mayo/whipped cream all around the cake (like icing)
- Go crazy with your garnish and decorate that cake!
It is recommended to make the cake the day before you plan to enjoy it so that the bread can absorb the flavours of the filling. If you like you can add the garnish the morning of.