So you have some leftover Swedish Meatballs languishing in the fridge? Not a problem. In fact, consider yourself lucky. You have the makings of an easy and delicious Swedish meatball open sandwich. While this sandwich looks unusual and you are probably thinking I just made this up, I assure you, it is one of the classics. I like to think of it as a Scandinavian version of the American meatloaf sandwich, but a lot more beautiful and interesting.
This smørrebrød (or smörgås in Swedish) starts with buttered dense rye bread, as so many of them do. From there you add a handful or two of baby lettuces or arugula and a generous spoonful of a simple creamy beet salad. A few cold sliced meatballs finish it off with perhaps a dill sprig or a little chopped parsley or chives for garnish. Lunch is served.
The Nordic open sandwich has, from its inception, been intended as a creative vehicle for leftovers. This gorgeous and tasty Swedish Meatball Smørrebrød is the perfect example of Scandinavian leftovers done right.Print
Swedish Meatball Smørrebrød with Creamy Pickled Beet Salad
A classic Nordic open sandwich featuring a creamy pickled beet salad and leftover Swedish meatballs. Beautiful and delicious!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 open sandwiches 1x
- Category: Smørrebrød
- Cuisine: Swedish, Scandinavian, Nordic
For the Sandwiches:
2 thin slices dense rye bread
Butter for spreading
A handful of baby arugula leaves or other baby lettuces
Creamy Pickled Beet Salad (recipe follows)
4-8 leftover Easy Swedish Meatballs, sliced
Dill sprigs, chopped parsley or chives for serving
For the Creamy Pickled Beet Salad:
½ cup pickled beets, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 tablespoon prepared mayonnaise
1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream
- Make the Creamy Pickled Beet Salad: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
Assemble the Sandwiches: Transfer bread slices to a clean work surface. Butter the bread. Top with a handful of arugula, a generous spoonful of Creamy Pickled Beet Salad. Artfully arrange meatball slices on top. Garnish with herbs and serve.
Keywords: Swedish, meatballs, smørrebrød, sandwich, pickled beets