Nordic New Year's Nibbles

Great Items to Include on a New Year's Eve Smorgasbord

New Year's Eve is a super opportunity to present a "smorgasbord" of appetizers to friends and relations as you ring in the New Year. Similar to Spanish tapas dishes, these savory Nordic "small bites" and sandwiches will provide a tasty accompaniment to your celebratory bubbly or - for any children in your crowd - festive "Skål Ya,ll" fruit tea.

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    Scandinavia's most famous appetizer, cold-cured gravlax is a breeze to make, requiring only a few simple steps and next-to-no labor. Sliced paper-thin and served on rye crispbread with sweet dill mustard, it is a necessary and delicious part of a New Year's smörgåsbord buffet.

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    Cold-cured gravlax takes on a new dimension of flavor when lightly smoked for an hour or two before serving. It's an excellent alternative to provide for less adventurous guests who prefer their salmon cooked.
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    Smoked salmon, ripe avocado, and piles of tiny baby shrimp contribute to the flavor and the beauty of this seafood smörgåstårta.
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    Fondue with gjetost
    Norway's gjetost cheese in a savory fondue. photo ©Kari Schoening Diehl, licensed on 12/31/2011 to
    Gjetost, Norway's very special brown cheese, melts so easily that it's a natural cheese to use in fondue. While most often used for "dessert" fondues because of its almost candy-like sweetness, it also works nicely as a savory dunk for meatballs and rye bread.
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    The children and non-tipplers at your New Year's Eve festivities will appreciate this refreshing "fusion" fruit tea, a classic both in older Scandinavian cookbooks and in Nashville cuisine.

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