Monday, November 2, 2009

Throwback of the House: Touring the World with a Scandinavian Sandwich

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM

click to enlarge ROBIN WHEELER
  • Robin Wheeler
When considering Throwback recipes, I try to be fair to foreign cuisines. Just because a culture's eating habits are different from our own doesn't automatically make it a target for mean-spirited pithiness. Sometimes, though, it's hard -- especially when it comes to Scandinavian cuisine.

I have three Scandinavian cookbooks from the mid-1960s. In all of them, I've found recipes so dire that I thought surely they were jokes.

Nope. That's just Scandinavian cuisine. It's bland, pale and, for me, a little scary.

The Scandinavian Sandwich in 1972's Better Homes and Gardens Jiffy Cooking is a little scary for different reasons. The first being obvious: It's a horrible, terrible concoction with screwy instructions that doom it from the get-go.

The second is the un-Scandinavianness of the recipe. There's no explanation given for the name and nothing like it in any of my real Scandinavian cookbooks. Split an English muffin, toast it and put butter and mustard on both sides.

click to enlarge ROBIN WHEELER
  • Robin Wheeler
On one of the halves place a slice of bologna (as in the city in Italy), a quarter cup of French-style green beans and a slice of tomato. Place under broiler for ten minutes. After six minutes, grab the fire extinguisher. Leaving a sandwich in a broiler that long is going to set it on fire.

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