Smörgås, literally meaning 'butter
', is a Swedish
word denoting Sweden
's national savoury snack, and often translated as 'sandwich
es'. 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 margarine
s are marketed as butters - and various toppings. Common toppings include cheese (Edam
mer or similar), ham, sausage (such as falukorv
, Sweden's favourite sausage), and 'hamburger meat' which is actually a kind of cooked sausage made from horse
flesh. Smörgås is often eaten as breakfast, and I have known Swedish friends dip their open sandwiches in their (black) tea.
known as smörgåsbord
shares its etymology with this dish, but tends to contain a different selection of foods, including some hot dishes.
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).