How would you react if you got up at 5 AM and saw a stream of photographs in your messenger showcasing a unique dish made by a friend? That is what happened to me yesterday. I was moved beyond words and so touched at the effort that Jenny Jani Parikh put into this recipe. Jenny is a friend of a friend who has become my virtual friend, thanks to the blog. She leaves wonderful tips and suggestions as comments on my posts. She also often suggests recipes for me to try (I am waiting to try the Chole Calzone, a recipe suggested by her). I know Jenny has demanding career and that makes this post extra special.
Thank you, Jenny, for this wonderful post.
Over to Jenny now.
Each country has a dish at which other cultures snub their noses. Americans have ketchup, the French have frog legs, and the Swedish have the Smorgastorta – The Sandwich Cake. That’s right, it’s a sandwich that is a cake too.
At first, a sandwich cake looks like a regular cake, but after closer inspection you realize that it’s not garnished with frosting, but with Cream Cheese and sour cream, cheeses, colorful vegetables and greens.
To anyone who knows cake as being made strictly of butter, sugar, flour and eggs, this Swedish dish is just different – great as a make ahead meal, kiddies and adults parties and the best part is during this sweltering heat in India, there is no cooking/baking or spending time at the gas stove.
Think of this traditional Swedish dish as a gigantic sandwich with all of your favorite ingredients jammed into it — which doesn’t sound so bad. The permutation combinations are innumerable. Make it with what is in your refrigerator; vegan, vegetarian, eggitarian or non-vegetarian. A very versatile recipe in my humble opinion and even great to clean out your refrigerator. A crowd pleaser with a layer of everyone’s favorite stuffing for sandwich, this is a no fail dish. Use fresh uncooked vegetable or even cooked beans/vegetables, boiled eggs, peanut butter, meats, beets, garlic chutney, smoked salmon,
Being a vegetarian and a family that has a few food allergies, I did not use peanut butter, carrots, and so on.
- Bread Slices – 12 Slices
- Butter – As Required
- Ketchup – As Required
- Hot Mustard Paste – As Required
For The Green Chutney
- Cilantro – 1/2 cup
- Mint – 1/4 cup
- Jalapenos – 1 or 2
- Almonds – 6 to 8
- Salt – To Taste
- Lemon Juice – To Taste
- A Pinch of Sugar
For the White Filling
- Sour Cream – 1 Cup
- Cream Cheese – 1 Cup
- Grated Hard Cheese (Monterey, Colby, or Amul Cheese) – 1/2 Cup
- Crushed Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp
- A Touch of Ginger and Garlic Paste
Thinly Sliced Vegetables (A Judicious Mix)
- Tomatoes – 2 to 3
- Cucumber – 1
- Radishes – 3 to 4
- Cream Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Hung Yogurt
- Red Chili Powder
- Lemon Juice
- A Pinch of Sugar
- Butter all slices on both sides.
- Cover 4 slices with green chutney, 4 with ketchup and 4 with hot yellow mustard.
- Place to slices with the green chutney facing up.
- Cover with sliced cucumber
- Add a thick layer of cream cheese filling.
- Add the bread slices with the ketchup facing up.
- Cover with radishes and the cream cheese filling.
- Add the bread slices with hot mustard facing up.
- Cover with sliced tomatoes and cream cheese filling.
- Alternate layers one more time, if desired, making sure the top most layer is the bread.
- Press all the layers lightly with hand.
- Now begins the fun decorating part. Cover the block of sandwiches with the white frosting layer, thick on all the sides. Final step is decorate the sandwich with colorful vegetables, sliced green and black olives, chives, and edible flowers.
You get the idea! Let your imagination run wild. The sandwich cake tastes best the next day – if you can resist eating!
- Both cream cheese and sour cream can be substituted with hung curd and mashed soft paneer.
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