Smörgås, literally meaning 'butter-goose', is a Swedish word denoting Sweden's national savoury snack, and often translated as 'sandwiches'. This is not strictly correct - especially not if you tend (as I do) to think of sandwiches as two hunks of bread with butter and stuff between them. Smörgås consists mainly of hard-breads (Ryvita is a brand often avbailable here in the UK - in Sweden you'll find Wasa and various others). On these are placed butter - look for a variety like Bregott in Sweden - some fairly yucky margarines are marketed as butters - and various toppings. Common toppings include cheese (Edammer or similar), ham, sausage (such as falukorv, Sweden's favourite sausage), and 'hamburger meat' which is actually a kind of cooked sausage made from horseflesh. Smörgås is often eaten as breakfast, and I have known Swedish friends dip their open sandwiches in their (black) tea.

The buffet known as smörgåsbord shares its etymology with this dish, but tends to contain a different selection of foods, including some hot dishes.

LX says: smörgås , it's not "gås" as in "goose", but rather in the old meaning of butter lumps floating on top of the milk as it is being churned (according to Nationalencyklopedins ordbok).

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