I have been working on this idea of a Nordic "toast bar" for breakfast when I have company. Inspired by my visits to Scandinavia where I was an exchange student in high school and the subsequent trips after, I have grown to love the savory breakfast offerings.
Leisure Morning Eating
I set up my toaster in my dining area, and have lots of options for slices of bread and spreads. I can set it up for a leisurely breakfast for guests so they can have lots of choices. Here are a few ideas if you want to try a new way to present a new age continental breakfast of sorts. This setup works beautifully outside too, provided you have a plug for the toaster. If not, a grill will do the trick too for toasting bread.
Must-haves for a Nordic Toast Bar
Hardtack bread- The authentic one comes in a wheel with a hole in it, but Wasa Crackers will stand in just fine.
Rye bread- Pairs well with seafood and eggs and can stand up to the overload of fillings.
Sweet Potato Toast- A delicious alternative to bread that fits right in the toaster.
Smoked Salmon- I purchase sliced smoked salmon from my favorite store Aldi. I figure one ounce per person.
Boiled Eggs- Soft or hard-boiled to slice and put on the top as a garnish.
Shrimp- Cooked and sliced or chopped
Caviar- There is a Swedish one in a tube that's hard to find in the states, but I buy the best quality I can find in the grocery store.
Jarlsberg Cheese- This is my go-to cheese because it's hard enough to use a cheese plane on and has a mild flavor.
Chopped Capers and thinly sliced red onions-makes a great condiment for salmon.
Sliced lemon- a must squeeze for seafood.
Sliced Cucumber and Tomatoes- A must for any breakfast, I love the crunch of the cucumber and the tang of the tomato which pairs so well with cheese on rye.
Avocado- Sliced for Avo toast and other delights.
Fresh fruit- I like to put out what's in season.
This list is by no means exhaustive or authentic, it's what I have come up with to have the Nordic vibe on the table for breakfast. Let it inspire you to channel a country and celebrate the breakfast foods of the region. It's a bit of comfort now for me, especially in a time where I am homebound.