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A Smørrebrød Bar Makes for Sweet and Simple Self-Serve Brunch

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Yes, many, many toasts and toppings can beat the regular breakfast bar. We partnered with Udi's Gluten Free to share gluten-free recipes during Celiac Awareness Month so that anyone can gather at your table, no matter their diet.

When I throw together a brunch gathering, my goal is to keep things simple and seamless. A toast or smørrebrød bar is a way to not only serve items that can be prepped in advance, but allows an interactive element for your guests. Most hosts want to keep guests out of the kitchen, but with this style of breakfast bar, your guests are encouraged to get involved!

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Smørrebrød is a Scandinavian-style open-faced sandwich that is traditionally served on rye bread. Toppings can vary from simple butter and radish to smoked meat, fish, or cheese. For a springy spin and to cater to a variety of tastes, my smørrebrød bar features items that are seasonally friendly and please a variety of tastes.

Toasts on toasts on toasts.
Toasts on toasts on toasts. Photo by James Ransom

For those who prefer to brunch on eggs, a curried egg salad topped with pickled red onions and nigella seeds is a super-wholesome and fortifying way to get your fix. For avocado toast lovers (re: all of us) and for the plant-based eaters of the group, consider a subtle spin on the traditional crowd pleaser—top toasted rye with mashed avocado, lemon juice, thinly-sliced radishes, and, for a twist, finish with a homemade everything bagel spice blend. For the sweeties in the crowd, whip up a nutty, bittersweet hazelnut cacao spread topped with slightly tart rhubarb (instead of conventional store bought jam) and fresh basil. Can’t find rhubarb? Simply swap in strawberries or pitted cherries.

To make things go off without a hitch, prep the curried egg salad, everything bagel spice blend, hazelnut cacao butter, and rhubarb compote a day in advance, leaving only avocado spritzed with lemon juice to put together the morning of. Make a fresh pot of coffee, juice some oranges or grapefruits, pop a bottle of champagne, and your smørrebrød bar is good to go!

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Miranda's Smørrebrød

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Curried Egg Salad + Pickled Red Onion Smørrebrød

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Curried Egg Salad

  • 6 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • pinches salt
  • pinches freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices gluten-free rye bread
  • 2 tablespoons nigella seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup pickled red onion

Quick Pickled Red Onions

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium red onion, halved, sliced into 1/4-inch half moons
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Avocado + Everything Bagel Spice Smørrebrød

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Serves 4
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices gluten-free rye bread
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Hazelnut Butter + Roasted Rhubarb Smørrebrød

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  • 5 pieces rhubarb, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 cups hazelnuts, toasted, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 4 slices gluten-free rye bread
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
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Going gluten-free isn't always a choice, so we partnered with Udi's Gluten Free to share gluten-free recipes during Celiac Awareness Month that everyone at the table can get behind. To see all of their products, from pizza crust to breads and bagels, head here.

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