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Top 20 recipes from SwedishFood.com during 2017

Here is a complete list of our 20 most popular recipes during 2017.

1. Köttbullar

Swedish meatballs with cream sauce, lingonberries and pressed cucumber

Köttbullar (meatballs), despite not always enjoying the best of reputations, we think that when well made with all the trimmings it is hard to beat. Of course, our recipe is the best and will ensure that your köttbullar really are Swedelicious! More…

2. Kanelbullar

Swedish cinnamon buns in a basket

Kanelbullar (Cinnamon buns) are probably Sweden's most popular bun and available at every café and bakery in Sweden. We have two recipes: one with a classic filling and the other is Edd Kimber's sweeter cinnamon-rich filling. More…

3. Chokladbollar

Swedish chocolate balls on a plate 

Chokladbollar (chocolate balls) are nice to make at home. They are one of the easiest treats around and they taste wonderful. Very moreish. More… 

4. Pepparkakor

Pepparkakor (Swedish ginger snaps)

Pepparkakor (gingersnaps) are a traditional Christmas treat in Sweden. The dough is usually cut into the shape of gingerbread men, bears, hearts and stars or made into a pepparkakshus (gingerbread house). Pepparkakor are also often iced (frosted) and hung as decorations. More…

5. Glögg

Glogg , Swedish mulled wine

Glögg is the Swedish version of mulled wine, but it is not quite the same as mulled wine in other countries as different spices are used and almonds and raisins are always placed in the bottom of the glass before the glögg is added.

6. Risgrynsgröt

Risgrynsgröt (The Swedish version of rice pudding, popular at Christmas.)

Risgrynsgröt is really three words joined together which, if literally translated, mean 'rice grain's porridge'. It can be served at any time of year, but it is nearly always included as part of a julbord (Christmas buffet). It is normally dusted with cinnamon with an almond is hidden in the pudding. More…

7. Knäckebröd 

Swedish knäckebröd on a plate

Knäckebröd (rye crispbread) is served with every meal in Sweden. These days knäcke is stored in airtight containers or simply wrapped in paper, but originally they were made with a hole in the centre so that they could be hung over the oven to keep dry. These delightful wobbly crispbreads are irresistible and perfect for breaking and sharing. More…

8. Pyttipanna

Swedish pyttipanna with a fried egg and pickled beetroot

Pyttipanna (Swedish hash) is a dish of chopped meat, potatoes and spices that are mixed together and cooked with onions. There are countless versions of pyttipanna, but all except the vegetarian versions use smoked meat, diced potatoes and onion. It is usually served with inlagda rödbetor (pickled beetroot) and a fried egg or a raw egg yolk sitting in its shell in the middle of the dish. It is the addition of egg and pickled beetroot that really elevates it to something special! More…

9. Äppelkaka

A slice of Swedish äppelkaka with vanilla sauce

Äppelkaka (apple cake) is extremely popular in Sweden and is eaten as a dessert or during fika (a relaxing Swedish coffee break) and is normally served with vaniljsås (vanilla sauce). There are countless recipes for äppelkaka and we have other good recipes too, but this version by Maia Brindley Nilsson is our most popular. More…

10. Julskinka

A Swedish Christmas ham on a carving board 

Julskinka (Christmas ham) is the star of a Swedish julbord (Christmas buffet). It is normally served with a breadcrumb and mustard glaze and eaten cold. More…

11. Surdegskultur

A tub of rye sourdough starter

Our rye starter can be used to make all types of sourdough bread. More…

12. Ärtsoppa

Swedish yellow pea soup

Ärtsoppa (yellow pea soup) is an absolute classic in Swedish food. It has been served in Sweden since the middle ages! Traditionally it was served on Thursdays to get people ready for the Christian fast which would begin on Fridays.

13. Kåldomar

Swedish stuffed cabbage rolls with lingonberries

Kåldomar (stuffed cabbage rolls) are a great Swedish classic often served as a midweek meal, but they also appear on a julbord (Christmas buffet). They were first introduced into Sweden at the beginning of the 18th century after Karl XII invaded Turkey. His soldiers liked stuffed vine leaves so much that the decided to adapt the recipe by replacing the vine leaves with cabbage leaves. Traditionally kåldomar are served with a brown sauce/gravy, boiled new potatoes and rårörda lingon (lingonberry sauce). More…

14. Semlor

Semlor, soft cardamom buns filled with almond paste and whipped cream

Semlor (Lenten buns) are soft cardamon scented buns filled with almond paste and whipped cream. Originally they were only eaten on Tuesdays between fattisdagen (Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras or, literally, The Fat Tuesday) and Easter, but such is their popularity that these days in Sweden they are eaten every day from Christmas to Easter and beyond. More…

15. Västerbottensostpaj

A slice of Swedish cheese (Västerbottensost) flan on a plate

Västerbottensostpaj (Västerbotten's cheese flan) made with the king of Swedish cheeses, popular throughout Sweden and often served at kräftskivor (crayfish parties). More… 

16. Lussekatter

Swedish style Lucia saffron buns

Lussekatter (Lucia saffron buns) are eaten on December 13th to celebrate Lucia (the patron Saint of Light). December 13th was originally thought to be the shortest day of the year and is still the date chosen in Sweden to celebrate the return of lighter days. The celebrations are one of the highlights of the Swedish calendar and the Saint Lucia procession is truly magical, so do try and see one if you can.

17. Våfflor

Crispy Swedish waffles with fresh fruit and whipped cream

Våfflor (Waffles) are extremely popular in Sweden. Indeed, Swedes have been eating våfflor since at least the early 1600s! Originally Swedish waffles were square, but now they are usually made into heart shapes and served with jam or fruit and whipped cream or ice cream. Unlike Belgium waffles, Swedish waffles are made without yeast and so they are thinner and have a texture which is more like pancakes. Våfflor are eaten all the year round, but they are particularly popular on March 25th, Våffeldagen (Waffle Day). More…

18. Klassik rödbetssallad

Swedish style beetroot salad

Beetroot is extremely popular in Sweden and this is the most common way of serving it. More…

19. Gravad lax

Swedish gravadlax with crispbread and mustard and dill sauce

Gravad lax (gravadlax, cured salmon) has become so popular now that it is stocked by just about every British supermarket. It is much more fun (and a lot cheaper!) to cure your own instead of opening a packet from the supermarket! Gravad lax is normally served with a mustard and dill sauce. More…

20. Toscakaka

A Swedish Tosca cake on a stand

Toscakaka (tosca cake) is normally made with a light sponge topped with caramelised almonds. Our version by Edd Kimber uses a moister and denser ground almond based cake, which makes this feel a little more indulgent with a full on almond flavour. More…



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