If there's one season in particular that I can get most people on board to try Swedish food, it's undoubtedly Christmas. No one can turn down a Swedish Meatball. Or potato pancake, apparently. (Although I'm not entirely sure how authentically Scandinavian they are, no one can deny the Swede's love of the potato. So there. There's that.)
So for this year's Swedish spread, I whipped up the following: Mor Mor's Meatballs with Lingonberries, Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce and Dilled Sour Cream, and Smoked Salmon with Mustard-Dill Sauce. Obligatory Glogg (spiked mulled wine) was kept warm and served sparingly due to extreme potency.
To me, this is the epitome of comfort food. An undeniably delicious balance of flavors that makes you feel warm, cozy, and festive all at the same time. Plus, everything was done ahead of time, making you look like the most calm, cool, and collected of hosts or hostesses even if that might not even be remotely close to being the case.
The Mustard-Dill Sauce ended up being a huge hit and could not be easier to throw together. I took a combination of honey mustard, dijon, and a coarse grain mustard (totaling about a cup of mustard) and stirred in about 2 Tbsp. of sugar and 2 Tbsp. of dill. And that, my friends, is it. A gorgeous accompaniment that packs a seriously sweet heat to smoked salmon but just as delicious on a sandwich or with a piece of chicken or fish. Give it a try and while you're at it, God Jul!