Swedish Food Recipe Collection
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Swedish food offers a wide variety in ingredients and recipes. Having a large geographic and climatic disparity between the North and South region, Swedish cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian in nature in the Northern region and vegetable based in the southern part of the country. There is, although, one common property that runs through all the dishes and recipes that are local to Sweden – the recipes are simple to make and very practical to the core. In the northern part, Reindeer and other hunted animals form a major part of the cuisine- thanks to a Sami dominated population.
In reality, there are not many ingredients that can be found in Swedish food and recipes. Most Swedish recipes make use of dairy products (specially those derived from reindeer), Meat- Pork, reindeer meat and fish, and berries and dried-fruits form an integral part of most Swedish Recipes. One of the most striking features of Swedish food is that bread is an integral part of the food. Different types of breads are a part of Swedish food. You can find breads in all sorts of shapes and sizes. From crisp breads, soft breads and warm breads to home made breads- the Swedish people know their breads well.
Apart from breads and dairy products, fruit soups are also a major part of the cuisine. Fruit juices, with high viscosity are specifically popular in the colder regions as they are a never-ending source of energy. In order to maintain the calorie count (which is important in cold regions), it is almost customary to serve boiled potatoes (with or without sauces) as a side dish. Swedish food is known for the way meat dishes are handled in various recipes. Meat balls and meat steaks (the meat in Sweden in predominantly Reindeer or Pork meat), served with with Lingonberry Berry Jam is one of the most interesting albeit popular recipes, local to Sweden. Amongst Fruit soups, the Blueberry soup enjoys immense popularity amongst the locals as well as tourists visiting Sweden. Served both as a cold beverage and a warm drink, the Blueberry Soup is the uncrowned king of Swedish recipes, in my personal opinion.
Fish has had a profound impact on the culture and cuisine of Sweden. In fact, initial trading in Sweden has evolved around fish and salt exports only- thus seafood is an integral part of Swedish food. Besides, prolonged winter months, coupled with harsh climate make it almost impossible for any green vegetable to grow in Sweden, and that explains the reason why you would not see many green vegetables being used in tradition Swedish food. Surströmming is one of the most popular seafood dishes in Sweden and is made by using fermented herring. Finally, to end it all- Swedish pastries and bakery items are amongst the best in the world. With their less-than-normal sweet taste- they are amongst the best you would find anywhere in the world.
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