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"Try a little of many dishes'

"It's an extravagant array--but with careful planning, it's really quite achievable.' That's how Maud Hallin of San Francisco describes the smorg sbord party she gives to share her Swedish heritage with friends. Like her, you can pick and choose among components of this lavish-seeming menu, deciding which recipes on page 170 to make and which foods to buy.

The menu serves 3 dozen guests. Sometimes Ms. Hallin invites only half as many at one time, brings out half of each dish, and has two parties, back to back. Foods that are prepared once but served at both parties must be refrigerated between each event.

Recipes for the dishes marked with an asterisk start on page 170. Or purchase similar dishes; each recipe gives a yield you can use as a buying guide.

A herring collection

Refresh salt herring or drain seasoned herring and add new flavors. Matjes herring are the young and tender fish.

Spiced Herring*

Glassblower's Herring*

Matjes Herring with Gravlax Sauce*

Matjes Herring with Horseradish and Beets*

Danish Herring Salad*

Hot and cold fish plates

Smoked mackerel or trout flavors a pate. The two hot dishes, assembled ahead, are ready to bake. Swedish anchovies, baked with the potatoes for Jansson's Temptation, are actually herring, too. They are far less salty than the skinny anchovy fillets from Southern Europe, but they can be used interchangeably. Both kinds of fish are sold canned in most markets.

Smoked Mackerel Pate*

Hot Tomato Sprats*

Jansson's Temptation*

Meats and cheese

Typically, these foods end up on bread as open-faced sandwiches. Buy cheese in a chunk, allowing 1 or 2 ounces as a serving; Jarlsberg is a good alternative to cheddar.

Swedish Liver Pate*

Spiced Rolled Veal*

White Cheddar Cheese

Assorted Mustards

The main plate

Bake a ham or buy baked ham to slice; you'll need about 2 ounces per serving. Boil tiny potatoes (at least 1 per person), or heat canned tiny Swedish potatoes (1/4 cup per serving) and season with fresh dill and butter; keep warn in a chafing dish. Bake beans, using a favorite recipe, or heat purchased beans; allow about 1/4 cup per person.

Cold Baked Ham

Danish Pickled Cucumbers*

Swedish Cabbage and Apples*

Tiny Boiled Potatoes Baked Beans

A basket of breads

Have several types of rye bread-- plain, caraway, or orange (limpa) in hearty loaves. Crispbread comes in many flavors and can be paper-thin to creaker-thick.

Rye Bread Crispbread

Butter

Sweet choices

Allow 2 or 3 cookies per person; offer several kinds. Good make-ahead recipes start on page 162.

Homemade Cookies

Big Bowl of Red Apples

Shine apples with a cloth.

Photo: Take just a little taste and see! A classic smorg sbord offers many choices; with small quantities, even the young and the timid can sample traditional Swedish dishes

Photo: Make-ahead Swedish foods, or alternatives that you can buy, are the secret of a relaxed buffet dinner
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