Sweden: Swedish Meatballs and Swedish Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Swedish food is Swedish meatballs. That may be because of Ikea’s good marketing skills, but from my research it seems that it’s quite a popular dish in Sweden, not just in retail stores in the U.S.
Here’s the recipe I used:
And the ingredients:
Swedish meatballs should be served with tart lingonberry sauce, but I could not find lingonberries, so I served it with cranberry sauce, which worked fine. However, over dinner Melissa had the brilliant idea that you could go to Ikea to get lingonberries! Next time.
I was thrilled to find out that rhubarb pie is common in Sweden! I love rhubarb and it’s currently the end of rhubarb season where I live and I hadn’t yet baked with it this season, so it was the perfect opportunity to make rhubarb pie. Smördegspaj is a butter dough based pie common in Sweden, and I used this recipe for Swedish Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie:
Now, my mom makes the best pies I’ve ever had and I love her pie dough. This recipe is very different, though, a butter pie dough with eggs. It’s a very different consistency and does not roll out like pie dough I’m used to. Instead, it’s very sticky and pressed into the pie pan. It was very easy to make and tasty! Though, of course, does not hold a candle to my mom’s famous cherry raspberry rhubarb pie 🙂
Melissa and her beautiful new baby James came over for dinner. Isn’t he a cutie?
The meatballs and pie were both really delicious, I would make both recipes again for sure! Next time go to Ikea and get lingonberries!