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You’ve Gotta Eat This: Smørrebrød

You’ve Gotta Eat This: Smørrebrød

What is it? An artesian open-faced sandwich that’s so pretty that you might just want to stare at it all day instead of eat it.

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Where can you get it? In homes and restaurants all across Denmark.

What’s in it? It all begins with a slice of brown rye bread slathered in butter – then the magic really starts. The act of pyntet, or decorating, occurs with a variety of toppings thrown atop the sandwiches. Cold meats feature heavily but there’s no real recipe to smørrebrød – which definitely makes it a little more fun.

Popular toppings include pickled herring, roast beef, thinly sliced cheese, cucumber, tomato, boiled eggs, mayonaise mixed with peas, shrimp, and even eel. A popular concoction is the dyrlægens natmad, which is decorated with liver pâté, salty beef, aspic (those cubes of gelatin with meat inside), onion and garden cress.

Is it good for you? Depending on your toppings, this one isn’t too bad! The rye bread is a hell of a lot better for you than processed white bread, and there’s so many fresh ingredients loaded on top, it’ll be like munching down on flavour heaven.

How much does it cost? Prices do vary depending on your toppings, but they’re relatively inexpensive.

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