Cultured Palate: Dishes from Sweden

One of the most important aspects of being away from home is exposing yourself to things that are new and exciting. It gives you a chance to reset, and to have new experiences that will inevitably inform and influence your life at home. One of the easiest ways to do this is through food.

When you take a holiday in Sweden, you’re quickly exposed to their husmanskost — the Swedish word for “country-style” or home cooking. These dishes are traditional, but chefs have recently been able to prepare them in new and fresh ways that appeal to the next generation. Check out a few of Sweden’s most interesting and delicious dishes below.

1. Swedish meatballs

Everyone who has been to an IKEA in North America will already know about Swedish meatballs. They’re a mixture of beef and pork, and while the gravy isn’t obligatory, the lingonberry jam on the side definitely is! Meatballs can be made into a meal with the addition of gravy and potatoes on the side, or they can be served as part of a smorgasbord buffet on their own. While in Sweden, make sure to visit popular Stockholm restaurant Meatballs for the People for a modern take on the classic meatball plate — you can choose from meatballs made of ox, reindeer, or even moose.

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