While we can’t bring Nidaros Cathedral to the states, you can definitely bring Norway to your home, or your next picnic.
Norwegian food is hearty, rustic, and tends to involve a lot of local meats and fish, often smoked. Here’s how I’d put together an amazing Trondelag region picnic to experience both Trondheim and Røros in each bite.
Waffles, pjalt-style. As much as I love pjalt, you can also serve pancakes or waffles in pjalt style, topped with butter and brown goat cheese, often sold in the states as gjetost. I grabbed a waffle this way at the airport, and it was tasty, a nice balance of sweet and creamy wrapped in fluffy waffle.
Bring on the cured everything. From cured and smoked salmon to reindeer sausage, adding in hearty proteins is delicious. The closest we can get out here to reindeer is elk or caribou, but a flavorful cured sausage is always great for any picnic. Make sure to pair them with a hearty cheese and fruit.
If you’re on the East Coast or Canada, you can get your hands on cloudberries, or bakeapples, for an even more authentic Røros snack.
Go open with smørrebrød. Try substituting your regular sandwiches for open faced sandwiches, or smørrebrød. While these traditionally use rye bread, you can use whatever bread appeals to you. Just take a large slice and add on a thin layer of butter, mayonnaise, or aioli, then greens, and top with meats or cured fish. We even had a smørrebrød in Trondheim with pulled pork, so definitely experiment. You could even offer a small buffet with a few meats to make DIY sandwiches.
Lingonberries – definitely a must. If you’re bringing in reindeer meat, you have to have lingonberries. They’re tangy, just a touch sweet, and get your palate ready to try more delicious things. IKEA sells Swedish lingonberries, which use a slightly different preparation, but it’s the easiest way to get your tyttebær fix.
Pack a pilsner – or aquavit. For a summer picnic, the Norwegian drink of choice is a cold pilsner. Aquavit is the traditional Nordic spirit, but going out for a pilsner now, or utpils, is a huge summer past time.
Take your time. All of our dinners in Norway were long, slow occasions, and lunch was just as savored, though usually a little lighter. Give yourself 1-2 hours at a minimum, and enjoy the chance to hang out with friends.