We’ve been inundated with enquiries from people who are putting on Eurovision parties and want to serve their guests Norwegian Food.
Norwegian cuisine is full of amazing food – but when it comes to serving a spread for an evening of cheesy music and neighbour-voting, we do suggest you stay clear of the ultra traditional stuff such as dried, salted lams leg (Fenalar) and perhaps go easy on the brown cheese. A lot of Norwegian food can be acquired taste and your guests may not necessarily appreciate it if they’ve never eaten it before.
Our suggestion for stuff you could serve:
Norwegian crisps Go for Potetchips either ready salted or paprika flavour. Add maybe a bag of Cheez Doodles (they are Swedish but sold all over Scandinavia. A bit like WotsIts but better).
DipMix A powdered mix, either “Holiday” flavour or “Dill” is good. Mix this powder with crème fraiche and dip your crisps into it. Yes, really.
Chocolate Norwegian chocolate is superb. Truly delicious. If going for smaller bars of chocolate, we recommend Stratos (like an Aero bar but creamier), KvikkLunsj (like a Kit Kat but with real chocolate) and Melkesjokolade – literally, bars of Milk chocolate from the brand Freia. Best of all is a bag of chocolate called Smash: in short, corn snacks covered in milk chocolate. We’re yet to meet anyone who does not like this. In fact, everybody becomes addicted. It’s expensive stuff (even in Norway, and that says a lot) so be prepared to feed your addiction by selling off your Granny’s TV set and Ebay’ing your prized collection of signed ABBA records. You have been warned.
Savoury stuff You could make some nice “Smorbrod” Norwegian style (Norwegian open Sandwiches). These are similar to the Danish ones, but are not made on rye bread and they don’t have too much frilly stuff on top. Read more here . Use a whole meal crusty loaf as a base.
We suggest toppings such as Norwegian smoked salmon with scrambled egg (cold), Meatballs with Lingonberry jam and, in place of the Fenalar dried lamb, you could get away with Serrano ham (but don’t tell anyone Norwegian). Liverpate with cucumber is another extremely popular topping – as is Jarlsberg cheese.
Really authentic stuff: Make waffles and top these with sliced brown cheese. It’s rather lovely.
If you pop by and want to stock up on a selection of truly Norwegian goods, just ask anyone of the nice people in the shop and they’ll be glad to help out.