‘Lunch’, a plate of open sandwiches painted by the Danish artist Niels Strøbek in 1966. Photo: Skive Kunstmuseum.
The Art of Topless Bread…Known as ‘Smørrebrød’ to the Danes, these delicate and yes, sometimes rustic versions known as ‘open-faced sandwiches’ to the rest of the world turn the daily mundane task of sandwich making into a gastronomic art form.
Traditional definition of ‘Smørrebrød’:
Danish, from smør butter + brød bread
Modern definition of ‘Topless Bread’:
My personal reinterpretation of Smørrebrød which I call ‘Topless Bread’. This concept is derived from the same Scandinavian sun-worshiping concept of sunbathing topless where the top is removed to reveal it’s contents and the bottom remains.
These delicious creations follow four easy steps:
Bread (brød) + Butter (smør) = TOPLESS BREAD…+ Topping (pålæg) + Decoration (pynt)
Now, let’s discover the fine art of topless bread together!