Warming up after a winter walk with a cup of a hot drink, it is literally heartwarming. In winter this warm drink can be glögg (the Swedish version of mulled wine) in Sweden. You can buy that glögg ready-made or you can make it yourself with this easy recipe for glögg.
I really don’t like glühwein, but I won’t say no to glögg. Some think that these are the same but I think there is a big difference in taste. And of course the glögg also includes pepparkakor!
There are many different recipes for glögg. Do you prefer a certain herb or not? Then experiment by taking it out, reducing or increasing the amount. Replace the cane sugar with dark brown sugar. Add cardamom or honey. Or cook orange peel with it. Plenty of variations!
If you would like it a bit more alcoholic, add a good splash of cognac, orange liqueur, port or rum and create your own recipe for glögg.
Ingredients for Swedish mulled wine
75 cl red wine
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons of grated ginger
4 tablespoons of cane sugar
50 grams of almonds
50 grams of raisins
20 cl freshly squeezed orange juice (you can also replace this with apple juice)
slices of 2 oranges (you can also replace this with apples)
How to make glögg
The recipe for glögg is really simple. Pour all ingredients in a large pot (except the orange slices, raisins and almonds) and boil it. Let it cool down. Ideally, you make the glögg a day in advance so all ingredients can take and give all the flavours.
Just before you want to serve the glögg, heat it up again until it boils. Strain the mixture and divide between the heat-resistant glasses. Finish the glögg with orange slices, almonds or almond slices and raisins. Serve with pepparkakor. Cheers!
P.S. You can also serve the orange slices, the almonds and the raisins on a small bowl, so everyone can add it according to their own taste.
Pea soup with pancakes, it’s a traditional Swedish dish that is served on Thursday evening. Ärtsoppa och pannkakor is made with yellow peas. With the pancakes they serve cream and jam. You can also buy the pea soup ready-to-eat (there is also a vegetarian version in the supermarket).
How to make ärtsoppa?
Those who want to make the Swedish pea soup themselves will find a recipe here. Because I don’t eat meat myself, I have omitted the meat from the recipe.
Place 5 dl of dried yellow peas for 6 to 12 hours in one and a half liters of water and a pinch of salt.
Drain the water and put the peas in a pan with 1.3 liters of water with salt. Let it boil.
Peel a small onion and insert 3 cloves. Add the onion to the water and the peas. Let the soup boil for one and a half hours.
Remove the onion. Season to taste with salt, marjoram or thyme.
Bake the pancakes: the Swedes bake their pancakes as thin as possible.
It is one of my favorite dishes on the Swedish menu cards. To my own surprise, Ikea still does not serve this in their restaurants. It is something that you can easily prepare at home. I’d like to share an authentic Swedish recipe to make your own Toast Skagen or Skagenröra.
How do you make Toast Skagen?
Ingredients Toast Skagen
500 grams of pink (peeled) shrimps
1 red onion
Some sprigs of fresh dill
100 grams of mayonnaise
100 grams of sour cream
Swedish sandwiches (or a thick slice of bread to toast)
For the finishing touch: sprig of dill, fish eggs (faux caviar) and a slice of lemon
Chop the red onion and the dill. Mix the sour cream, the mayonnaise, the onion, the dill and the lemon juice. Add the shrimp. Roast the sandwiches.
Place a sandwich on a plate and put a generous amount of shrimp salad on top of it. Finish with half a spoonful of rump eggs, a sprig of dill and a small piece of lemon. Tasty!
P.S. In London and craving for Swedish food? Try the Toast Skagen at Aquavit!
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