Tasty Recipes Serving Up Sweden’s Best Flavors for Supper

Sweden is more than just the land of skiing and IKEA. This Scandinavian nation is home to a storied past, strong cultural ties, and breathtaking northern European landscapes. Encyclopedia Of The Nations reports that while Sweden is comparable in size to California, the country packs pride, tradition, and an unparalleled cuisine within its modest borders.

Introduce your family and friends to authentic Swedish cuisine with any of these six delightful dinners.

1. Swedish Meatballs

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These hearty beef and pork meatballs are spiced to perfection with allspice and nutmeg, offering a taste of classic Swedish comfort food in your own home. Damn Delicious’s simple recipe yields 4 servings and takes about 40 minutes to make. If you’re looking for a means to satisfy future meat cravings, double or triple your batch and store uncooked leftovers in the freezer to enjoy again as desired. Try serving these Swedish Meatballs with lingonberry jam to replicate the authentic Scandinavian dining experience.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ½ cup Panko
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

See recipe directions at Damn Delicious

2. Kalops (Beef Stew)

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Savory beef chunks, vegetables, and a warming, spice-infused broth all combine in Daring Gourmet’s recipe for traditional Swedish Kalops, or beef stew. The Domestic Man points out that the Swedish people have been serving up this satisfying meal since as early as the 18th century. For a warming Swedish meal that the whole family will love, serve this piping hot dish along with boiled potatoes and pickled beets.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound beef chuck, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 cubes beef stock
  • 2 large carrots
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 10 allspices berries
  • 10 white peppercorns
  • Water
  • Salt to taste

See recipe directions at Daring Gourmet

3. Ärtsoppa (Yellow Pea Stew)

Tomato soup, gazpacho, yellow pea soup

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Warm your belly with Sweden’s favorite vegetable stew, Ärtsoppa. Swedes traditionally prepare the meal using whole yellow peas, but the split variety tends to be easier to find in markets. Using split yellow peas will achieve the same magnificent as the original, but the results will be slightly thicker in texture, Coconut and Lime notes. Chunks of bacon further enhance the dish’s heartiness, but vegetarians can feel free to omit this addition for an equally tasty dining experience.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces whole or split yellow peas
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 strips thick cut bacon, cooked and cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 6 cups ham or chicken stock
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • white pepper
  • sea salt
  • grainy hot mustard

See recipe directions at Coconut & Lime

4. Janssons Frestelse

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, pasta cheese casserole

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“Janssons Frestelse” directly translates to “Jansson’s Temptation,” and it’s easy to see what makes this dish so enticing! The Swedish Institute describes this cultural favorite as a mixture of onions, potatoes, anchovies, and cream, culminating in a fabulously rich and flavorful casserole. This traditional Janssons Frestelse recipe from Epicurious yields 6 to 8 servings. For added texture, top with breadcrumbs.

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 6 potatoes, cut into very thin strips
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 20 Swedish anchovy fillets (usually in tins, in oil)
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream

See recipe directions at Epicurious

5. Pyttipanna

Pytt i panna (Little pieces in a pan), Swedish, bubble and squeak

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For an easy, low-key lunch or dinner inspired by the Swedish culinary tradition, opt for this classic Pyttipanna recipe from Food.com. WiseGeek writes that Pyttipana consists of a blend of savory ingredients such as caramelized onions, fried potatoes, and meat. Often, cooks will use leftover ingredients from previous meals to complete the dish. Regardless of which leftovers you add, you’ll wind up with a delightful mix of fried flavors. The recipe serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 10 ounces chopped bacon, sausage, beef, or pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped rough
  • Butter, for frying
  • 1 -2 eggs per person, fried to your liking
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

See recipe directions at Food.com

6. Korv Stroganoff

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Similar to Russian Beef Stroganoff, this Swedish dish combines strips of sausage with a bold tomato-cream sauce that can be served alongside rice or noodles. Traditionally, Korv Stroganoff incorporates a Swedish sausage called falukorv, which can be found at some Swedish specialty markets. If you’re unable to acquire falukorv, this Korv Stroganoff recipe from Gretchen Cooks is equally tantalizing when prepared with smoked kielbasa.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound kielbasa smoked sausage or falukorv
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Butter or margarine
  • ¼4 cup tomato puree or ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup sour cream

See recipe directions at Gretchen Cooks