Julbord is a Swedish word that means Christmas table or in a better translation Christmas buffet. As in many other countries, it is common to eat out with your friends, family, or colleagues during the Christmas season. In Portugal, we would pick a random restaurant that everyone liked, but in Sweden, a Christmas dinner usually means Christmas food.
The menu on the Julbord is not that different from the food one eats on Christmas eve at home. The biggest difference is that on a Julbord the food is not homemade (but it can be just as good, depending on the restaurant).
The traditional Julbord usually goes like this:
Plate 1. Pickled herring, anything from 3 to 30 different kinds of pickling. Other smoked fishes, usually salmon (cold smoked, warm smoked, with extra seasoning, without...). Boiled egg halves with something on top (mayo, shrimp, caviar, etc).
Plate 2. Cold meats (chritmas ham, wild meat), pâtés and terrines. Beetroot salad and/or cabbage salad.
Plate 3. Hot food: meatballs, sausages, glazed ribs, Jansson's temptation (a weird kind of gratin), red and brown cabbage. Sometimes brussels sprouts. Sometimes cheese pie (sooooo good).
Plate 4. Rice pudding, saffron pudding, chocolate truffles. Caramels and candy.
(Coming from a Christmas tradition where one has at least one dessert per person on the Christmas table, Sweden was a shock for me, as they mostly eat candy for dessert. It might be because of all the meat one eats before. Who has room for dessert anyway?)
Julbords are so common and popular that even Ikea has such a buffet in December. Simple, tasty, and cheap. Others places do a more luxurious take on a Christmas buffet with 30 different kinds of pickled herring or 10 different kinds of smoked salmon. Most of them offer something in between.
If you ever find yourself in Sweden in December give it a try. The food is usually delicious and you get to celebrate your own Swedish Christmas (even if it's not Christmas eve or day).
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