By: Tetiana Poliakova
Holidays are truly magical for many reasons, and one of them is festive food! Because wherever you come from, during holidays there is always some delicious treats you are longing for. I created a list of five Swedish foods that are popular around the holiday times. Have you tried them all?
Glögg: Swedish mulled wine
Alcoholic or not, this drink is pretty universal across Europe. Almost everyone has their version of warm and sweet mulled wine, whether it was a tradition to start with or a nice treat borrowed from a different culture. Full of spices and flavor, glögg is usually garnished with some almonds and always served warm. When you go to Christmas market, make sure to stop by a glögg stand to get a cup of this delicious drink.
Julbord: Christmas buffet
I know this is a little bit of cheating from my side since I put the whole feast in one category, but otherwise, the list would be too long. Julbord (‘Jul’ – Christmas, ‘bor’ – table) is a huge tradition in Sweden, and it is often enjoyed with friends and colleagues before the actual Christmas in addition to the Christmas Day itself. The tradition of Swedish julbord goes all the way back to the Vikings and their feast during the Midvinterblot, also known as Yule in some other cultures. Julbord is both quality and quantity: beloved Swedish recipes in abundance. Food comes in waves during the Christmas banquet starting with appetizers moving to warm dishes and finishing up with some coffee and dessert. Here is the list of dishes you are most likely to encounter (in order of their appearance on the julbord):