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Smoked Herring Smörgås

Smörgås are a diverse and adaptable traditional dish that look beautiful and are easy to make—simply pile squares of buttered dark bread with meat, fish, vegetables, cheese, eggs, herbs, or whatever else you fancy.

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Smoked Herring Smorgas. Photo: Andres Ramirez aprphotography.com

One of our favorite appetizers from The Lazy Gourmet is our version of the Scandinavian open-faced sandwich (smørrebrød, smørbrød, and smörgås to the Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes).

Traditional smoked herring Smörgås easy to make. Simply butter a piece of hearty dark bread and pile it neatly with your favorite meat, fish, vegetables, cheese, eggs, herbs, or whatever else you fancy.

Cocktail-size, sliced pumpernickel loaves are available at many supermarkets and delis—but if you can’t find them, just get a large square loaf and cut four slices into quarters. You can also use crispy rye crackerbreads made by companies like Kavli or Wasa.

We love to serve smörgås for brunch, lunch, or as an appetizer.

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Yield: 16 sandwiches

Smoked Herring Smörgås

Herring and Egg Smorgas

One of our favorite appetizers from The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy is our version of the Scandinavian open-faced sandwich (smørrebrød, smørbrød, and smörgås to the Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes). Smörgås are a diverse and adaptable traditional dish that look beautiful and are easy to make. We love to serve smörgås for brunch, lunch, or as an appetizer.

Makes 16 mini-sandwiches.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 cocktail-sized (about 2 1/2" square) slices of pumpernickel bread
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 16 large cucumber slices
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 7-ounce can smoked herring fillets, cut into 1-inch squares about 1/4-inch thick
  • 1–2 large sprigs of fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Generously butter each piece of bread.
  2. Stack a slice of cucumber, a slice of egg (from the middle of the egg, so it includes some yolk), and a piece of fish onto the buttered bread.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and top with a pinch or two of dill.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 289Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 64mgSodium 193mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 15gProtein 7g

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Last Updated: October 23, 2019
By on November 7th, 2010

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