Smörgåstårta is the Swedish food equivalent of Liberace.
Look, we know what you’re thinking: A Sandwich cake, really? Yes, really. It’s a big thing in Sweden. And the more mayo, the better.
It’s completely against all this ‘Scandinavia is super healthy’ movement, but it is also about admitting that once in a while, we - like most people - overdo things. It’s not all about super healthy stuff all the time. But actually.. we think it is the balance that makes it both sustainable, fun and healthy!
Smörgåstårta is eaten at celebrations, such as Midsummer, birthdays, Christenings and more. The basic idea is to make a huge sandwich, cover it with more filling and decorate it, then cut it like a cake and eat it by the slice. In truth, someone forgot to tell the Swedes not to mix and match stuff that really does not go together, so at times, you will find Mrs. Jonsson has made a sandwich cake with a layer of pork liver pate, salmon, prawns, roast beef and topped with ham and cheese. It’s all a bit too much.
No, we don’t care if it has become tradition; it doesn’t make it right!
So, at the café, while we don’t often make Smörgåstårta, when we do, we stick to combinations such as delicious seafood and fish. We always make Smörgåstårta for Midsummer and people queue up, waiting for their slice to have with their open sandwiches and salads. It’s one of our favourite times of the year, helping the people of London have their first taste of Smörgåstårta!
If you Google Smörgåstårta, you will find that – as if straight out of a 1960s cookbook, Smörgåstårta are decorated as if it is the food equivalent of Liberace. More is more, and the more shaped rose radishes you can fit on there and swirls of cucumber, the better. It is all allowed when making Smörgåstårta, so feel free to get your creative spark on.
If you want to make a less Liberace version at home for your Midsummer Smorgasbord, here’s a quick serves-four recipe to follow. If you feel it does need some extra OOOMMPH on there, feel free to go mad.
Enjoy! And Happy Midsummer.