This delightful Christmas buffet menu incorporates hearty sides of cabbage, carrots and potatoes, a spiral ham, Swedish meatballs, Glogg and rice pudding for dessert.
A glass of this traditional warm, spiced red wine is a great way to greet guests. Prepare it just before they arrive, to fill your house with the heady scents of the season.
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A large ham is the main feature of a traditional Swedish julbord, or Christmas buffet table. A simple four-ingredient glaze cuts the richness, complements the ham beautifully and requires nearly zero effort on your part.
No Nordic holiday spread is complete without meatballs. Preparing them a day ahead means you'll have very little to do at the last minute and can enjoy the party right along with your guests.
This is a traditional Swedish Christmas take on scalloped potatoes, also known as Jannson's Temptation. The anchovies may seem unusual, but they add lots of flavour without being the slightest bit fishy.
A simple vegetable is a satisfying side dish for this rich meal. If you can't find fresh mini carrots with tops and skins intact (instead of baby carrots, which are woody and tough), use regular-size carrots, peeled, halved crosswise and then lengthwise.
If you are unable to find any hard apple cider, which contains alcohol, try a late-harvest wine or regular apple cider, adding 1 tbsp more cider vinegar to the recipe.
Creamy, rich rice pudding is a favourite dessert at Christmas in Sweden. Some families have a tradition of adding one blanched almond, and whoever gets it wins a prize, which differs from family to family.
Known as pepparkakor in Sweden, these crisp, well-spiced ginger cookies pair nicely with Glogg. Wrap a few for parting gifts, or serve with the rice pudding.
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