Smørrebrød Danish Open Sandwich Herring (Krydder Sild Sandwich)

My family is from a small old market town called Stege,Møn.  Møn has beautiful sandy beaches and country side,fresco decoated churches and one of Denmark’s most popular destinations for tourists is to travel is Møns Klint white chalk cliffs.

One other important piece of Møn history are the herring fisheries.  Herrings has been caught for over 800 year and primarily between the end of May and the beginning of July.  Consequently, the herring open face sandwich became a tradition to eat in Denmark.  My family had herring sandwiches almost every single day for lunch.
The origin of the open-face sandwich (Smørrebrød) was in the European Middle Ages. In the 19thc. Denmark’s Smørrebrød custom became popular & convenient for families. Over the years, traditional Smørrebrød developed into an art form and with a specific custom. For example, it a must to make your Smørrebrød pretty using local food attractively on the bread. Also, Smørrebrød is eaten in only one order: Herring first, followed by other fish, then meat, then cheese.

The herring sandwich recipe below is a tall sandwich because of the layers of colorful toppings. The recipe is easy to create your own tall herring sandwich.

* 1 piece of rye bread
* butter
* 3 or 4 of tomato slices
* 1 sliced egg
* 3 or 4 pieces of herring (spiced herring or matjes)
* 6 or 8 raw onion ring slices
* a sprinkle of capers

Below is a our recent YouTube video on how to make a Smørrebrød Danish open face herring sandwich.

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Matjes herring is a spiced herring.

1) use only rye bread for the herring sandwich.  You can find rye bread in many of the finer grocery stores.
2) before adding a topping, smear the bread with butter.  This protects the bread from moisture.
3) then, place a sliced egg across the rye bread
4) in between the sliced eggs, stick a sliced tomato pieces
5) next place 4 or 5 pieces of matjes herring or a spiced herring across the rye bread. (In Danish, spiced herring is krydders sild.)
6) sprinkle capers across the sandwich

Depending on the occasion the open face herring sandwich can be eaten for lunch or dinner. (If you need to make an appetizer you can cut the rye bread into smaller pieces too.)  It is custom to eat the open face sandwich with a knife and a fork too. See our video on how to do a place setting for an open face sandwich.

What to drink with a herring sandwich? On special occasions Danish families serve Danish schnapps, Danish aquavit and a Danish Beer (see our video). If you are sitting with Danes, be sure to toast frequently! Raise the glass first, look everyone in the eye and say Skål!

We hope you enjoyed both the recipe and the video on how to make the Smørrebrød Danish Open Face Sandwich Herring (Sild) Sandwich and recipe!

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*how to make Swedish Glogg for Christmas & cold evenings! (glögg or mulled wine recipe) 
*how to make aeblskiver (æbleskiver)
*how to make Danish Christmas Klejner
*how to make easy Danish cucumber salad (arguksalat)
*how to make Danish sugar browned potatoes (brunede kartofler)
*how to make Danish red cabbage (rødkaal)
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