Brauoterta - Icelandic Style Sandwich Loaf: Shrimp

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“Sandwich loaves, or ‘bread cakes’ as they are called in Iceland, are an enduring presence at Icelandic celebrations where cakes are served. While the fillings have changed over the years and they don’t use half as much mayonnaise in them as once was the case, yet they continue to be a vehicle for cooks to display their talents with garnish, and are a savory palate cleanser in between nibbles of all the sweet cakes usually served at traditional birthday parties. See note at end of recipe regarding the bread that is used. Recipe is from Posted for ZWT9.”
1 loaf

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the mayonnaise and sour cream until smooth and well-blended. Add the bell pepper, mashed eggs, and garlic powder. Mix well. Add the shrimp and stir to combine. Season to taste with black pepper.
  2. Place a layer of bread on the serving plate or tray and spread half the filling over it. Top with another slice of bread and spread the remaining filling. Top with the third slice of bread.
  3. Mix a small amount of mayonnaise and sour cream, then smooth a thin layer evenly over the loaf, both top and sides. Decorate to your liking with the garnish ingredients, which can include large shrimps, egg slices and vegetables, e.g. bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, chopped parsley.
  4. NOTE ON BREAD: The bread is basically a pan-baked loaf of white sandwich bread that has been sliced lengthwise. The crusts are removed, leaving between 4 and 6 long slices of bread. This is probably not available at the bakery, but you could buy or make a whole unsliced loaf and slice it yourself.
  5. NOTE ON MAYO: Icelandic mayo is not vinegary tart and also not as runny as American style mayo. Buy Icelandic, or a close approximation is Kewpie brand mayo, easily found in Oriental stores.

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