EUROVISION 2014 ~ Danish Cuisine

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Since we couldn’t make it to Denmark, I made my interpretation of Danish food at home.  I opted not to serve fish because I figured a more German-Danish menu would be more popular.  Also having never been to Denmark and having visited Germany lots I thought it was safer to go with the more familiar dishes.

The menu (after help from wikipedia) read like this:

Frikadeller – little burger patties, I made them with beef though my research tells me they’re traditionally made with a mixture of beef, pork and veal but we had pork sausages to come so I didn’t want to overkill on pork.  I added the usually meatball binding material, egg white (from my new favourite product Two chicks egg white in a carton- watch out for meringue blog post!), herbs, fresh breadcrumbs and a new discovery: milk.  Marinate your meat in milk and it makes it super tender.

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Brun Sovs – this is a gravy made from the pan I fried the Frikadeller in with a hint of cream too.

Rødkål – Sweet and sour red cabbage simmered with cider vinegar and red currant juice/ jelly though I used a blueberry cordial we got from Ikea that’s equally sweet.  Waitrose do a pretty good version of this too.

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Kartoffelsalat – Made with the baked potatoes (like when making gnocchi) and I made mine sour cream-less and served it warm.

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Hot Dogs – Supposedly very popular street food in Denmark, so I grilled up some party friendly chipolatas – party friendly because you can eat more of them guilt-free. Plus caramelised onion.

Agurkesalat – Top your hot dogs with pickled cucumbers, mine weren’t pickled for very long but proved a perfect combination to the sausages.  Definitely having this accompaniment in barbecue season.

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If I’m being honest, I was not too enthused when I realised it’d be a Danish menu on the cards with my only experience of the cuisine being those big gold tins of biscuits and a few generic pastries.  Having done my research and being highly impressed with the little results, I now realise why Copenhagen is home to the world’s best restaurant and the recent hype surrounding Scandinavia as a whole.  And my guests Annie and Abi loved it too, I mean look at their happy, un-staged faces.  If Denmark win Eurovision again, I’ll source some pickled herrings… maybe.

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Thanks to My Danish Kitchen, The Chalk Hills Kitchen and Scandinavian Today for their informative, Danish blog posts.

5 thoughts on “EUROVISION 2014 ~ Danish Cuisine

  1. Camilla says:

    What a fab array of typical Danish dishes you did although Frikerdeller would never be all beef, usually all pork:-) You’ve put me in the mood for some agurkesalat:-)

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