5 very danish recipes
I love food and if someone asks me what my favorite food is, my answer is usually simply “food.” My dad made a lot of traditional danish recipes when I was young and he still does today. That is probably why typical Danish dishes have become such a big part of my cooking. In this blog post I want to share 5 of my favorite danish recipes.
Denmark is one of the countries in the world with the most pigs per capita. There are more pigs than people (more than double!), which has of course had a large influence on the danish food culture.
Frikadeller – one of my American wife’s favorites
If there is one recipe that my American wife has asked me to make more often than any other, it must be frikadeller, or “Danish meatballs.” Meatballs are not a new invention; they became extra popular in the years after the war (WWII) when meat was really expensive, so people could stretch it further by adding flour. As children, my sister and I had one day every week where we had to cook for the family. Frikadeller is one of the recipes that I often choose to make.
To make frikadeller you need some ground pork or ground pork/veal. I prefer the latter. You also need 1-2 onions, 2-3 eggs, milk, flour, oatmeal (for my version), salt and pepper. After mixing everything together, you fry the meatballs on a pan with a little cooking oil and butter. The butter gives them a delicious taste. Frikadeller are best served with boiled potatoes and a classic Danish brown sauce.
You can find a more exact recipe here.
Forloren hare – the fake hare
How do you sell another ground meat recipe? You sell it as something more fancy, like a hare/rabbit. Forloren hare is basically made by mixing the same stuff as you do with frikadeller (you can add some extra flavour by mixing in small pieces of bacon). But instead of making a lot of small “deller” (meatballs) you only make one big meatloaf and cook it in the oven. To make sure it won’t get dry, put some slices of bacon on top.
Since Forloren hare is pretending to be a recipe made from a wild animal, it also needs some “wild sauce” to go with it. This is a typical Danish sauce with a red currant jelly base. This sweet sauce was one of the reasons this was one of my absolute favorite dishes as a child.
You can find a more exact recipe here.
Æggekage is a Danish version of an omelet. It is perfect either as dinner with potatoes, or great on an open-faced sandwich for lunch. You simply mix eggs and milk with a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl. On a frying pan, you fry a few slices of bacon and afterwards you pour the egg mixture over them, cooking it until it is done. Afterwards you sprinkle it with chives. To make the dish more interesting, I often add different vegetables. Both peas and corn work great.
Here is a more exact recipe here.
Koteletter – many great ways to make delicious pork chops
There are many ways to make a lovely tasting pork chop. First, you can simply fry them on a pan. When I do this, I often make them even more delicious by topping them with a slice of cheese during the last 1 minute on the pan.
Another great way to prepare pork chops is in the oven. A way I love them is to top the pork chops with chopped mushrooms and tomatoes in a baking dish. They only need to be spiced with some salt, pepper and maybe some oregano, and once again with a slice of cheese on top. After a short time in the oven you have some wonderful meat that you can eat with boiled potatoes or maybe some fries.
You can find the more exact recipe here and here and here.
Flæskesteg – traditional Christmas food you can eat all year around
To end this post about great danish food, which ended up being all about pork recipes, we have flæskesteg. This is the way to make pork when you want to serve it for guests at a party. It is one of the most popular dishes to serve for Christmas. The main thing which makes a flæskesteg different from pork roasts in the rest of the world, is that we do not remove the skin. Instead we make deep scratches in the skin and make it into a wonderful crispy snack called flæskesvær.
For Christmas you serve it with boiled potatoes, caramelised potatoes, red cabbage and a brown sauce.
Here is a more exact recipe.
These are my top 5 Danish recipes, but there are many other options as well, such as “stegt flæsk med persillesovs,” “forloren skildpad,” “boller i karry” and many more. If you want to make more traditional Danish food, an easy way to do it is to order a mealbox (in danish: måltidskasse) based on Danish recipes. That way you will get new inspiration every week, and maybe also learn some more about Danish food. It is, of course, only a good idea if you enjoy potatoes and brown sauce. 🙂