How to Make Traditional Danish Smørrebrød
Step 1: Find the Perfect Bread
The beauty of smørrebrød is in the combination of bread, butter, the protein, and the garnishes. Starting with the bread, the most authentic choice would be a dark, seedy sourdough rye. I recommend finding a European bakery in your area for the best selection. Where I live, in Chicago, Polish bakeries offer multiple kinds of sourdough rye. In a pinch, any dark rye or pumpernickel will do. If you are really ambitious, you could even try making your own. Slice the bread thinly but not too thin using a sharp, serrated knife.