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Smörgåsbord – Glossary Definition


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What is a Smörgåsbord?

Smörgåsbord describes a Swedish customary feast, essentially a gluttonous meal that is usually celebratory, eaten on special occasions with friends or family over. Numerous hot and cold dishes are part of the traditional smörgåsbord.

A Christmas version of the smörgåsbord exists as the julbord.

More on Smörgåsbord

In a common smörgåsbord, multiple dishes, sometimes well over a dozen, are served as a buffet-style affair. Dishes in a smörgåsbord almost always include breads, butter, and cheeses, while other smörgåsbord items could be fish dishes (salmon or herring often), potatoes, sausages, and other hors d’oeuvres.

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