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Food stall sampling in Stockholm.

An almost century-old indoor market, the Ostermalmshallen in Stockholm's Saluhall offers foreign visitors a chance to sample many of Sweden's native foods under one roof.

Saluhall is at the corner of Nybrogatan and Humlegardsgatan. It's open year-round 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. weekdays, 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Nearly two dozen stalls or mini-markets sell a wide variety of foods from raw to ready-to-eat. At fish markets doubling as seafood restaurants, try crayfish, oysters, or gravlax (salmon cured in dill with a mixture of salt and sugar). Or purchase fixings for a picnic, choosing what intrigues you: perhaps some pickled herring, smoked eel or reindeer, flat bread, marinated cucumbers, Swedish kryddost (cumin cheese), and other cheeses.

From small delis, sample traditional home-style foods such as flaskpannkaka (oven pancake with ham), Jansson's frestelse (baked anchovies and potatoes in cream), or potato pancakes.

One specialty dish sold here, biff Lindstrom (beef patties with capers and beets), is also easy to duplicate at home. You might serve it with a green salad and buttered new potatoes.

Biff Lindstrom 1-1/2 pounds ground lean beef 1 large egg 3/4 cup mashed potato 1 can (8-1/4 oz.) sliced pickled beets, drained and finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/3 cup drained capers, finely chopped 3 tablespoons half-and-half 1/4 teaspoon pepper About 1 teaspoon salt 3 to 4 tablespoons salad oil Sour cream and whole capers

In a bowl, mix beef, egg, potato, beets, onion, capers, half-and-half, pepper, and salt to taste. Form into 6 patties, each about 3/4 inch thick. (If made ahead, cover and chill up to overnight.)

Place two 10- to 12-inch frying pans (or use one pan and cook half at a time) over medium heat. Add enough oil to coat pan bottoms. When oil is hot, place meat patties in pans. Cook, uncovered, turning once, until browned on both sides and done to your liking (cut to test), about 8 minutes for medium. Lift out of pan and transfer to serving plates. Garnish patties with a spoonful of sour cream and a few whole capers. Makes 6 servings.
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