Written by a gal from NYC living in Sweden, this blog dabbles in Swedish food and culture!
Pizza is a funny topic in our house. Which is better- Swedish pizza or New York pizza? I think the answer is clear, New York pizza. Period. However, it doesn’t mean that Swedish pizza isn’t good. It just means that it’s…different, special. It’s special in that you can order pizzas with toppings like banana, curry, peanuts, and kebab meat. Here, let’s look at some examples. At Sahel Pizza, you can choose the African pizza, which has tomato sauce, cheese, pineapples, peanuts, banana, and curry on it. Ew! The New York pizza has tomato sauce, cheese, ham, salami, bacon, shrimp, AND kebab sauce! WOO! I do wonder if that’s their broad interpretation of the “melting pot”. Either way, I don’t get it.
And the most popular pizza in Sweden is the Kebab Pizza. Pizza with kebab meat, and sometimes bearnaise sauce on it. But wait! If you want a Kebab Special Pizza, you get the regular kebab pizza, but with lettuce strewn over the top. A Kebab Viking Boat is a pizza with kebab meat, formed into a shape of a Viking boat. Now I’m totally confused. I’d like to say this is not normal where I come from. Not normal one bit. But it is quite creative.
Oh! and one more! One more! At Sahel’s, you can order a Marre Special, with tomato sauce, cheese, ham, kebab meat, french fries, onions, pepperoni, and kebab sauce. French fries?!?!?!
I do eat pizza sometimes. It’s actually not that bad as long as I tell myself that it’s not pizza, but a whole other animal. And I’ve got to admit that whenever Aron orders his favorite pizza, a Capricciosa (tomato sauce, cheese, ham, and mushrooms) with Bearnaisse sauce, I do think that it’s really good! Every time. I haven’t tried the pizza with bananas, curry, and peanuts and I’m pretty sure I never will. Just not curious enough.
So with whatever crazy pizza it is that you order, you get a little something extra. A little special somethin’ called Pizza Salad. Eating pizza in Sweden is an experience. One can even say exciting perhaps. Pizza salad is the healthy answer to pizza. Order five pizzas and you’ll get five bags or plastic cups of pizza salad. But the thing is, now I’ve eaten enough pizzas here to notice that no one ever eats the pizza salad. Made with cabbage, vinagar, salt, and pepper, it’s a side dish that is boring and disgusting and always ends up in the garbage. I wanted to make my own just to see if it would taste better, but no. No, no no… I really hate wasting food, but I have to admit that I threw the whole bowl of it out. Sorry.
But you. You have to try it out yourselves before you decide that you don’t like it either, okay?
recipe from COOP supermarket
1 small head of white cabbage (about 3 cups shredded)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ tablespoons white vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 pinches coarsely ground blackpepper
1. Shred the cabbage. This can be done with a knife by hand or in a food processor.
2. If you want soft and juicy pizza salad, like what you get from the pizzeria: “Pound” the cabbage, preferably with a pestle. Or you can also “knead” the cabbage by hand.
3. Add the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper and stir. Häll över olja, vinäger, salt och peppar och rör om. Taste and season to taste.
4. Set in the refrigerator, for at least two hours, preferably ½ – 1 day before serving.