Smørrebrød For A Ladies Lunch
Smørrebrød or open sandwiches Danish style are perfect for a ladies lunch. They are colourful and flavoursome without being carbohydrate heavy and the toppings can be prepared in advance and assembled on the day. Smørrebrød need a good rye bread foundation and it helps if the rye is dense, a nice, neat rectangular shape and just the right size to accommodate multiple toppings but still look delicately Scandi. Ikea rye bread fits the bill perfectly; it doesn’t come as a flat pack but in a carton as a pre-mix. You simply add water, place the contents in a bread tin, prove for 45 minutes and then bake. No Allen key is required for this Ikea project. The bread is best baked a day or two before, so cutting thin slices is easy. In fact most of the your toppings can be prepared in advance and stored in containers in the fridge ready to go on the day. To aid assembly a little visual help is a good idea. I like to design my sandwiches on a note pad first and then I can use it as a cheat sheet on the day. Aim at four or five different smørrebrød for a leisurely lunch and include a seafood, meat, cheese or vegetarian option to maintain interest. For authenticity you can’t go past gravlax or pickled herring and you can pick up herring in various sauces at Ikea along with the rye mix. TIP: go directly to the check-out area where the groceries and cafe are located, avoiding the show rooms completely. If Smørrebrød design and assembly is not your thing head to Denmark House for lunch, Level 3, 428 Lt. Bourke Street and let the chefs serve you up a treat in slick Nordic surrounds instead.