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Holiday Glögg and Easy Holiday Smorgasbord


Glögg is a popular hot punch served throughout Scandinavia on cold winter evenings. During the holiday season it is a refreshing change from the omni-present eggnog. The ingredients for the smorgasboard listed below have been selected from convenience foods (canned and deli foods) easily found at supermarkets.

Select from the following list according to number of guests expected; arrange food on plates or platters and place on buffet table, or, for small parties, arrange dishes on large platter or antipasto tray. SErve a variety of homemade or bakery-fresh dark breads and dinner rolls, along with side dishes of mustard, mayonnaise, and horseradish.

Marinated herring
Herring in sour cream
Deli potato salad mixed with sliced or Harvard beets
Smoke salmon fillets
Canned or fresh (cooked) lobster, crabmeat, or shrimp salad
Picked Eggs
Canned reindeer meatballs (heated)
Canned Scandinavian fish balls (heated)
Egg salad
Sliced ham
Sliced turkey
Sliced tongue
Sliced smoked eel
Cheese (Brie, blue, and assorted Scandinavian cheeses available at delis)
Cucumber Salad
Pickles (dill, gherkins, bread-and-butter)
Sliced tomatoes

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Glögg (Christmas Wine)


10 whole cloves
8 cardamom pods, crushed
6 dried prunes, pitted
3 sticks cinnamon
1/2-inch piece gingerroot (optional)
Shredded peel of 1 medium orange
1 cup water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 bottles (4/5 quart each) port
1 bottle (1 pint) muscatel
1 tablespoon aromatic bitters
1/2 cup raisins
24 blanched almonds
1 cup vodka

Tie cloves, cardamom, prunes, cinnamon, gingerroot and orange peel in cheesecloth bag. Heat water and cheesecloth bag to boiling in 1-quart saucepan; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 3 minutes. Remove cheesecloth bag.

Mixed spiced water, brown sugar, port muscatel, bitters and raisins in Dutch oven; stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover and let stand at least 8 hours.

Stir almonds into wine mixture. Heat until wine mixture is hot (do not boil). Slowly add vodka. Pour Glögg through strainer. Spoon a few raisins and 2 almonds into each of 12 small cups; pour Glögg on raisins and almonds. About 12 servings. (1/2 cup each).

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