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Stabburet Makrell i Tomat – Everyday Hero #3
This is the third of six posts – each presenting one of our favourite everyday products. The things we eat again and again and that always provide a taste of home.
The stereotypical Norwegian diet is largely assumes as ‘fish and potatoes’ – and whilst not entirely true, Norwegians are indeed fond of fish and seafood, both for availability, tradition, taste and health-boosting reasons. There’s fish cakes, fish pudding, kaviar – creamed cod roe, sardines, mackarel and salmon – all common breakfast or sandwich toppers. The most famous, and perhaps the best loved, is the iconic yellow tin of mackarel in tomato sauce.
Nicknamed ‘plane crash’ by children (we won’t go into why), this little tin is a tasty combo of rich mackarel fillets in a thick tomato sauce. Delicious on bread or crispbread, and filling and healthy too. Topped with crunchy cucumber (or mayo, if you are so inclined), it is a wonderful meal any time of day (just beware of the mackarel breath – bring gum).
We’re fans – a super easy way of upping your intake of fish and Norwegianise your cupboards (we know you want to). Here’s a simple recipe to get you started – Mackarel Open Sandwich.