A Swedish Christmas may just be the change you’ve wanted.
IKEA has just about everything you need to host a party: meatballs, salmon, all sorts of cheeses, finger foods and even a spiced red wine base to make Glögg, a traditional Scandinavian spiced alcoholic drink, usually served hot.
Try this Glögg recipe for your next Christmas party:
1 bottle of red wine (inexpensive)
1/4 – 1/2 cup (50 ml – 100 ml) vodka (optional)
5 – 20 whole cloves
1 large teaspoonful cardamom seeds
2 – 4 pieces (sticks) cinnamon
1 – 2 pieces ginger
Peel from half a lemon
1/2 – 1 cup (125 – 250 ml) sugar
1 large teaspoonful vanilla sugar
Crush the cinnamon and cardamom. Peel the lemon. Put all the spices and peel into a glass jar with the vodka.
Cover. Leave overnight. Strain the vodka, discard the spices.
Mix the spiced vodka with the wine and sugar.
Heat all the ingredients in a large saucepan until steaming hot. Do not boil! Stir and taste.
If not sweet enough, add more sugar. If too sweet, add more wine.
I poked around the Swedish Food Market and found a few recipe ideas that showed how to turned IKEA food into delightful appetizers.
Next, I flipped through the IKEA cookbook, Food’s Ready, and discovered so many more delicious finger food recipes, using mainly food items from IKEA itself.
Best thing is, no slaving over the stove. These 6 finger food recipes are so quick and easy, anyone can make them. Think of it as an IKEA food hack. See all 6 finger food recipes.
#2 How to make your own IKEA meatballs
Well, this isn’t an IKEA hack but I was a tad hungry. So here you go — the recipe for IKEA meatballs with cream sauce. If you rather not make the meatballs from scratch, you can also use IKEA frozen meatballs and the food items available from the IKEA Swedish Food Market. This is the closest to eating it at the IKEA Restaurant.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.