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Celebrate the Holidays with Danish Smørrebrød (Open Faced Sandwiches)

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Celebrate the holidays with Danish Smørrebrød. Tiny open-faced sandwiches are fun to eat and delicious, too!


My Grandmother was Danish, and -- growing up -- she would share Danish songs and poems with me. Upon graduating from high school, I attended a private college near my hometown that was founded by Danes, and I actually got a scholarship to learn and speak Danish.

Years have passed since that time, and I have forgotten much of the language that I learned. One thing that I haven't lost, however, is the appreciation for the Danish Smørrebrød, or little delicious open-faced sandwiches!

Traditionally, these are done with a dark bread (like rye), but I can't stand rye. So I make mine with all kinds of breads, adding cheese, salads, smoked meats, and more.  I love celebrating with the little sandwiches, and the holidays are no exception!

This year, we will be feasting on a few different sandwiches, and --- since smoked fish isn't something that it made here in Nebraska -- I get my fixings from the local grocer.  They had a good selection of cheese, smoke salmon, pickled fish, crackers, spreads, and a few frozen pre-made finger foods, as well.

Danish Smørrebrød (Open Faced Sandwiches)


Celebrate the holidays with Danish Smørrebrød. Tiny open-faced sandwiches are fun to eat and delicious, too!

To make sandwiches "dainty", you can use a cookie cutter to make shapes. 

Celebrate the holidays with Danish Smørrebrød. Tiny open-faced sandwiches are fun to eat and delicious, too!

Then, each piece was topped with things like the prepared chicken salad (with grapes) and accented with dill.

Celebrate the holidays with Danish Smørrebrød. Tiny open-faced sandwiches are fun to eat and delicious, too!


We are also big fans of simple cream cheese with cucumber slices on bread.  The Nancy's party pinwheels from the freezer section are an easy accompaniment to the sandwich tray.

Celebrate the holidays with Danish Smørrebrød. Tiny open-faced sandwiches are fun to eat and delicious, too!


And we also indulge in the smoked fish with black pepper. (I like mine on crackers.)  I am not a fan of the pickled fish, though!  (But we put it out for tradition).

Celebrate the holidays with Danish Smørrebrød. Tiny open-faced sandwiches are fun to eat and delicious, too!


Having some simple platters with these easy open-faced sandwiches on them is a great way to snack lightly before the big dinner.  You can serve all of these things with some wine or iced team.  My kids have really grown to like trying the different bread, cheeses, and meats.  It's just fun to eat, too!

Here are some other ideas for small Danish sandwiches for your spread:

  • Ham (skinke)
  • Havarti Cheese (ost)
  • Fruit Salad with cream (frugtsalat)
  • Salad shrimp (rejemad)
  • Egg and tomato (æ og tomat)
  • Meatball (frikadeller)


Danish open-faced sandwiches are fun to make and eat! Share this tradition with your family this holiday season.

Celebrate the holidays with Danish Smørrebrød. Tiny open-faced sandwiches are fun to eat and delicious, too!


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