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A Scandinavian-Style Christmas

Inspired by the unique style and aromatic flavors of Scandinavian cuisine, this holiday menu is a great choice for adventurous cooks. We've chosen to explore some traditional dishes and ingredients from the region and put together a meal that is as easy to prepare as it is delicious.

A Scandinavian-Style Christmas

For the main course, we prepared both venison and pork tenderloins, lightly seasoned with juniper and fennel and served them with a sauce made with mildly sweet, caramelized goat cheese from Norway and a splash of aquavit.

appetizer

Gravlax with Creamy Mustard-Dill Sauce

Gravlax is salt and sugar cured salmon, a delicious dish that requires little hands-on work but takes three full days to complete. Paired with the mustard-dill sauce, it's a satisfying yet light first course.
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main course

Venison Tenderloin with Aquavit-Cheese Sauce

The venison is lightly spiced with juniper and black pepper, roasted to medium rare and topped with a sauce made with a caramelized goat cheese from Norway called gjetost. A splash of aquavit tempers the richness of the sauce and accentuates the juniper flavor. You can easily substitute a pork tenderloin in this recipe and still have great results.
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side dishes

Creamy Smashed Rutabagas

This recipe enhances the rutabaga's mild, slightly sweet natural flavors with butter, cream, a dash of vanilla and some nutmeg. It complements the venison (or pork) perfectly.
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Braised Red Cabbage

This dish is a great side for a wide variety of roasted meats and poultry. It's equally delicious served hot or at room temperature.
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Dilled Cucumber Salad

This sweet and sour cucumber salad is quick to prepare and is a refreshing, light contrast to our full-flavored entree and sides.
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dessert

Veiled Maiden (Apple-Cream Parfait)

This traditional Norwegian dessert is a delicious combination of cinnamon-spiced applesauce, buttery, toasted breadcrumbs and walnuts and vanilla-scented whipped cream.
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