Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Smørrebrød

{An American Take on a Danish Tradition, with Nothing Scary & Pickled Involved}

When my friend Nora was living in LA many years ago there was a hole-in-the-wall Danish sandwich shop in Santa Monica that made, in her words, "the most unusual, delicious open-face sandwich I've ever had in my life." The Danish cafe has long since closed, but on Friday night Nora recreated their open-faced opus in the form of a pre-dinner appetizer and it pretty much blew my mind. Chilled dill-mayonnaise and sweet shrimp are delicious on their own, but a razor-thin slice of lemon (rind and all!) really makes the whole thing ziiing. Perfect for these warmer evenings in the desert.

Spring Smørrebrød
traditional Smørrebrød means "bread and butter" in Danish and is usually served on a dense dark bread. This light, delicious version is the creation of Joshua Tree gourmand Nora Lousignont.

1 cup fancy mayonnaise (or, if you have an aversion to the stuff, plain yogurt)
up to 1 cup fresh dill, chopped
2 organic lemons, washed and patted dry
1 lb. chilled cooked shrimp, naked
1 loaf French bread, cut into half-inch slices

Add chopped dill to mayo and mix until it has a discernible dilly flavor (can be made several hours in advance and chilled in the refrigerator). If needed, add a pinch of salt. Slice lemons as thin as possible, removing seeds as you go. Spread entire slice of bread with dill-mayo, layer on a sliver of lemon, and top with one whole shrimp. Easy, unpretentious but elegant, and *so* delicious.


  1. i did NOT get anough warm desert nights.


  2. Mmmmm... looks perfect. I'm normally a bit shy of Danish food, due to the high likelihood of encountering some form of pickled fish. This, however, looks wonderful.

  3. This looks amazing! I will be trying to make this dish in the near future

  4. Jamie, the only reasonable thing to do is come back. Soon.

    Rache, just added clarification to subtitle. Nothing scary and pickled involved.

    Sarah, do it! It's soooo easy and delish.

  5. Another delicious recipe to add to the list! Seems like a perfect little spring treat.

  6. Ha! Thank you for the subtitle. Much less terrifying now.

  7. Oooh, Danish food. I should try to make this. My mother-in-law makes various Danish things (nothing pickled or scary, though) and I think she would be terribly proud of me for feeding her son Danish cuisine. Thanks for sharing!

  8. had a friend who was danish.....the things she made!!!!!!! this looks yummy and easy (even better!)

  9. this sounds delicious. i can't wait to make these

  10. I made these as for last weekend's New Year's Eve party and they were remarkably good. Thanks for the recipe, Lily.



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