Smörgåstårta – Savory Rye Sandwich Cake

Hey pals and glad midsummer! We spent midsummer eve at a pals home, dancing like frogs round a flower coated midsummer pole. It’s certainly one of many bizarre traditions that we do in Sweden on this longest day of the 12 months. Right this moment we’re off to Noma (as in one of many coolest eating places on earth) to check their new plant centered menu that’s launching subsequent week. We’re very excited – clearly for Noma, but additionally for consuming a elaborate dinner along with zero youngsters round. Earlier than we’re leaving, I wished to submit this little recipe that we uploaded to our youtube a number of days in the past.

Identical to frog dance, this savory layered sandwich cake can be a very Swedish factor. It’s referred to as smörgåstårta and is historically made by layering white bread with mayonnaise, creme cheese, whipped cream, dill, chives, shrimps, salmon and a bunch of different stuff. It’s principally like a sandwich gone wild. Even when we aren’t fully offered on the very heavy conventional model, there’s something intriguing in regards to the idea of a sandwich cake. So we made our personal model, utilizing rye bread and three colourful and recent (however nonetheless fairly wealthy) spreads in between. One inexperienced unfold with avocado, dill and peas. One white unfold with egg, sauerkraut and creme fraiche. And one purple unfold with beans, beetroot and sunflower seeds. We cowl it with cream cheese with a sting of horseradish and plenty of finely sliced veggies and flowers. It seems to be nice, is enjoyable to make and actually scrumptious. Sandwich cake FTW!

That is the right savory dish to make for a occasion, brunch or gathering with pals. You may simply half the recipe or make it vegan by skipping the egg layer and changing the cream cheese with coconut cream. If you wish to attempt a gluten-free model of this cake you might both merely use a gluten free bread, or bake four trays of our vegetable flatbreads (this feature is a little bit time consuming however would in all probability style superb).

Take a look at this recipe video to see how we make it.


Smörgåstårta (Savory Rye Sandwich Cake)
Serves 12-16

Inexperienced Unfold
300 g / 2 cups cup inexperienced peas
1 small lemon, juice
1 bunch dill, chopped
2 avocados, flesh scooped out
2 tbsp olive oil
1 giant pinch salt

White Unfold
6 hard-boiled eggs
250 g / 1 cup creme fraice or bitter cream
2 tbsp capers
four tbsp sauerkraut
a pinch black pepper

Purple Unfold
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for an hour in water
1 x 400 g tin white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cooked beetroots, roughly chopped
1 small lemon, juice
four tbsp additional virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

36 slices of sourdough rye bread (or bread of selection), thinly sliced
500 g cream cheese
1 tbsp grated horseradish

1 avocado, sliced or formed right into a rose
1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly
1 small bunch of asparagus, thinly shaved
1 lemon, halved and thinly sliced
mache lettuce
chives, finely chopped

Begin by making the spreads. Add all of the components for the inexperienced unfold to a meals processor and blend till clean (or use a bowl and a hand blender). Style and alter the flavour to your liking. Switch to a bowl and clear the meals processor.

For the white unfold, peel and roughly chop the eggs, place in a bowl and gently stir by way of crème fraiche, capers, sauerkraut and a little bit black pepper. Put aside.

Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds for the purple spreads and add them to the meals processor (or use bowl and hand blender) together with beans, beetroot, lemon juice, olive oil and an excellent grind of salt and pepper. Pulse a few instances till mixed however nonetheless a little bit chunky.

To assemble: Trim any arduous ends off the bread and line up the rye slices so you could have a rectangle, three slices broad and three slices lengthy. Unfold the inexperienced unfold evenly on prime after which place one other layer of bread. Now layer they white unfold evenly on prime. Place one other layer of bread, adopted by the purple unfold. Place the ultimate 9 slices of rye on prime. Add cream cheese to a mixing bowl and grate within the horseradish. Whisk to ensure it’s included, style and add extra if desired. Use a palette type knife to cowl the cake with a layer of cream cheese. Enhance with an avocado rose, ribbons of cucumber, shaved asparagus, machet lettuce, slices of lemons, chives and flowers. Or no matter you assume seems to be good.

Tip: You can also make this cake 12-24 hours forward and retailer within the fridge to let the spreads soak into the bread and soften it up a bit. Then add the cream cheese and decorations proper earlier than serving.

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