danish comfort food par excellence, with a pretty sweet name to go: brændende kærlighed (literally: burning love), which consists of a potato mash with a diced bacon & onion fry over the top - add some chopped parsley & serve with pickled beets on the side & it doesn’t get much better
Norwegian chiming in. in my experience: Brunost on freshly made bread, fishballs in white sauce with potatoes and carrots and bacon, ‘brennende kjærlighet’. …And Grandiosa pizza, but that’s probs not relevant.
I have to admit I googled Brennende Kjaerlighet before I saw the translation of it and cracked up laughing when I saw what we in the US would call “loaded mashed potatoes” blazoned BURNING LOVE. So appropriate! I probably would have used it if it wouldn’t have given Sam Wilson an unfair advantage.
I also totally wanted to use Grandiosa Pizza, but couldn’t work out how.
Whelp, that totally depends on which generation you’re asking XD For me, mash is totally comfort food. There’s also a type of frozen pizza (grandiosa) which is well loved here in Norway. But we’re quite fond of quick meals of any type. Porridge is also a good one, since we have quite a few. Whole grain, oats, rice, butter, sour cream, a whole bunch of porridges (butter as well as sour cream porridge is considered more of a holiday type meal). We really like sausages that is true, but fish is the way to a Norwegians heart. One type is smoked fish (ie smoked salmon I love it) but that also goes for herring (search up the word sursild) but man, now all I can think about is liver pate, which is common in most Norwegian households as a spread, some like to have butter underneath (why) I prefer mayonnaise and pickles (some prefer other things like onions or stuff, or just mayonnaise, or cucumber)
I almost went with smoked salmon. I do love smoked salmon and gravlax both. Given the foods that everyone’s been naming off – smoked fish, potatoes, buttery-creamy things, it’s really evident to me that my norwegian heritage is strong. :D
I’m also Finnish and agree with good rye bread, and grilled sausage as comfort foods (even terrible Finnish grilled sausage is good compared to what the French and Brits do to defenseless meat by-products!). And potatoes. Beef soup (has potatoes). Karelian stew with potatoes. Garlic potatoes (fancy side dish!). Meatballs with gravy and potatoes (also Swedish). Macaroni casserole (mac'n'cheese+ground meat&onion, served with ketchup). Potato wedges.
I know a lot of people are saying sill/pickled herring and lutfisk and stuff but to be honest those are very specific weird foods that not everyone likes. It’s something you learn to like after many years usually. Meatballs with potato and lingonberry jam is the safest comfort food I think
I won’t lie, that was a concern, that on the one hand pickled/fermented fish is very well known from that part of the world, but on the other hand, it seems a VERY acquired taste.
Sam you ask such difficult questions! The countries are fairly similar in most senses but when it comes to food I couldn’t even say what comfort food is most common in Sweden, it varies so much between the different parts. The northern part is way different than the southern part. And don’t even get started on finland’s food culture, you know about mämmi right?
I had no idea about mammi! Holy crow, it looks really interesting, but it also looks like it would taste like rye bread rolled in condensed milk. :D I kinda wanna try it, I like rye bread and I like aromatic sweet.
Sorry I couldn’t reply to everyone, but your comments were all EXTREMELY helpful in figuring out what to use. And also made me so hungry. :D