The Ultimate Guide To A Swedish Feast

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The Ultimate Guide To A Swedish Feast


With the holidays here, get prepared for a wonderful Swedish feast with our handy holiday guide. Here is a menu you could use to throw a Swedish holiday feast, complete with drinks, entrées and desserts that will bring you and your loved ones a little Swedish holiday cheer!



Snaps is a flavored spirit that’s infused with spices, usually made with aquavit or vodka. Check out this snaps recipe or buy a prepared mix and steep.


Glögg is a hot, spiced, mulled wine infused with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and orange zest. It often is served with fruit and almonds in the cup. Use this glögg recipe to try for yourself.

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The centerpiece to many Swedish tables on Christmas is a perfect ham, otherwise known as julskinka, or Christmas ham. In Sweden, julskinka often is served cold, but it also can be served warm. Try testing out this julskinka recipe.

Köttbullar med potatismos

Köttbullar, also known as Swedish meatballs, is a classic entrée choice for the holidays. This köttbullar med potatismos recipe from Saveur shows you how to make Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes. Your guests will eat their hearts out with this wonderful holiday comfort food dish.

Julbord essentials


Lutefisk is a traditional Swedish dish and very popular during the holiday season. For many Swedes, this is a dish you either love or hate. Made with dried cod, this fish ends up having a gelatinous texture once it’s finished. Try serving up this lutefisk recipe.


Another fish to serve up on your julbord is gravlax, or cured salmon. Revisit one of our favorite SWE-Dishes for inspiration.


A holiday feast is never complete without a side of bread. Satisfy the carb needs of your guests by whipping up this limpa recipe.



Christmas baked goods are always a winner, but vetekrans, or Swedish tea rings, are absolutely scrumptious. Vetekrans is a coffee cake, and it’s not uncommon to add cherries or nuts into the recipe to add an extra holiday touch.


If you want a warm treat for cold weather, try risgrynsgröt. Risgrynsgröt is Swedish rice porridge and often is eaten during the holidays. Follow this easy risgrynsgröt recipe to complete your Swedish feast.

Since we love desserts so much here at Umgas, if you really want to show your guests a sweet end to your Swedish feast, you also could prepare saffron buns or pepparkakor.

Make your dishes a little more Swedish this year, and wow your guests during your holiday party.

Happy holidays and have fun feasting from your friends at Umgås!

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