SWEDISH TRADITIONS; CHRISTMAS TABLE

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I believe this is one of Sweden’s strangest food traditions. It’s called “julbord”, or directly translated to; christmas table. In december, you dress up and go out to eat christmas-food with family and friends (I know someone that have a record of 13 christmas-tables in one year, I would say that’s pretty decent).
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Downsides of eating christmas-tables include; food babies, getting tired of christmas-food before christmas-eve and the fact everything is so tasty it’s hard to chose what goes on your plate. The best part? Its freaking amazing!
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I have to start off by praising Gyllene Uttern for this amazing christmas-table, it was one of the best I’ve ever had. I love the fact they use so much local stuff and also that they have some unusual bits as well.
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So. Often you do the christmas-tables in tre rounds;
(I’m so sorry for the bad pictures, the whole “cosy-atmosphere” is not great when taking photographs)
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Round 1;
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Here; pickled herring (the one I was to is famous for it’s wide selection of pickled herring, including brandy, wasabi and candy cane-flavours), potatoes, kalix bleak roe, gravlax and different kinds of smoked fish. You also find a special bread called “vörtbröd” that we only eat around christmas.
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Round 2;
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This round focuses on the cold cut meat and the warm food (some do the warm-food at a round 3 instead). Today I found smoked heart of red deer, smoked goose, roast beef, gustavs-korv (horse-sausage), different kinds of paté (I chose the wild hog) and off course the mandatory christmas  ham (mustard and breadcrumb-glazed ham).
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Necessities in the warm section (which I don´t really like, and usually skip) include; thick ribs, meatballs, prinskorv (a small sausage, called prince-sausage), kale, brussel sprouts, Jansons frestelse (Jansons’ delight, a potato gratin with anchovies) and baked beans.
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Round 3;
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The best one; gotte-bordet, or the sweets! This one had two of them (imagine the total happiness), one with candy and one with desserts.
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This part of the christmas-table is not as highly bound to traditions as the rest, but it normally have some kind of baked cheesecake (we don’t use flavorings other than almond in ours), ris-a-la-malta which is a sweet porridge with mandarin some and kind of chocolate (here in like a thousand different forms) and some cheeses.
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So, what are your thoughts of the Swedish christmas-table, are we strange people? Do you want some recipes or do you want to know what something is? Let me know!

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  1. Jam says:

    This looks great! I’d have a serious food baby here. Is this like a bigger version of a smorgasbord? And what does horse-sausage taste like??

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    1. Haha, we all have that food baby. Yes, you can say it is like a big smorgasbord, like a buffet 🙂 the gustavs-Sausage have onion in it so it’s a bit sweet and sour at the same time, but it’s really meaty. I love it 🙂

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      1. Jam says:

        I love anything with cooked onions in it. It sounds interesting!

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  2. Is it the ostkaka to the right on the last picture? If it is, it looks like a really delicious one.

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    1. Yes it is! It was a winner! Love the subtitleness of the almond in it 🙂

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      1. The almonds is the best part! 🙂 I have a very hard time finding good ostkaka on julbord, the last one i visited had bought “Frödinge-ostkaka” and put it in a big tinplate.

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      2. Oh, that’s almost illegal! Have you ever tried making your own?

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  3. Honestly, haven’t even thought of it. But looking at some recipes, it doesn’t look so hard. Think I will do one for this years julbord!

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    1. Try one with keso in it, taste great and are a bit easier to get the right texture 🙂

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  4. Wow ! I am blown away…so much lovely food…and the desserts and sweets….your right about the ‘total happiness’ I would be too 🙂 Nothing is better that dessert after a good meal. Here in South Africa, our Christmas tradition is pretty low key really…it consists of a big roasted turkey and some good veggies and desserts. I think each family kind of make their own Christmas Tradition, but the main meat is Turkey at Christmas time. I usually host a Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve for the whole entire family. The meal consists of a stuffed rolled lamb, roasted glazed gammon and either roasted turkey or chicken, loads and loads of vegetables and loads and loads of desserts. Good old trifle is always a traditional hit, and then I usually do a few other different desserts. Christmas Day generally we stick to our immediate family and just chill at home, laying by the pool, (as it is summer here in South Africa), eating leftovers, more yummy dessert and whatever we feel like.;-)

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    1. You’re christmas sound so lovely! That dinner sounds pretty amazing, its so fun hearing about how others celebrate christmas, but the most important thing seems to be family not matter where on earth you are. And I wouldn’t mind that pool either, haha, its been pouring down snow all day here and I have three pair of socks on right now and still freezing 🙂

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