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Smørrebrød with Smoked Salmon and Caviar

Smørrebrød with Smoked Salmon and Caviar

I think we are overdue for another piece of Smørrebrød (Danish open faced sandwich) and lets make it a festive one. I love smoked salmon and I love caviar. Of course I don’t use expensive caviar, just good old Lumpfish, and so for the purpose of this post we’ll leave the expensive stuff for the Czars and the Royals. But I am picky about my smoked salmon. I don’t care for salmon that is too soft in texture, I prefer for it to be firm and not fall apart when I separate the slices. There is nothing worse than mushy salmon. The mustard I used was a Swedish mustard with dill, but any sweet mustard will do. Happy New Years to all of you!

Smørrebrød with Smoked Salmon, Caviar and Dill Mustard

Smørrebrød with Smoked Salmon, Caviar and Dill Mustard

Ingredients: Smørrebrød – Røget Laks (Smoked Salmon)

1 slice white bread

butter, optional

dill or Boston lettuce

smoked salmon

caviar (lumpfish)

mustard with dill (or any sweet mustard)

Directions:

Butter bread if desired. Here I used dill as my base, but you could also use a nice fresh lettuce, for example Boston lettuce. Arrange smoked salmon in a decorative fashion. Top with a little caviar (lumpfish). Add a sweet mustard to the plate for dipping. Enjoy with an ice cold beer. Skål and Cheers!

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Nem Leverpostej

Nem Leverpostej

There are many, many different ways you can make Danish Leverpostej, as you can see in my other recipe here, and sometimes the process can be a bit lengthy. So I have been looking for a quick and easy recipe that would still give you a delicious Liver pate, and I don’t think it can get any simpler than this wonderful Leverpostej.

Nem Leverpostej

Nem Leverpostej

A quick word about liver. In my opinion, Pork liver will give you the best flavor and texture for your Liverpostej. Calf liver is your second best choice but it has a stronger liver taste. You can also use Chicken liver but the texture becomes too “mousse like” or creamy for my taste. So my first choice will always be Pork liver even though sometimes it can be a real challenge to find.

Liver Pate (makes three 1 pint ramekins plus one small foil pan)

Ingredients:

250 gram butter (8.8 oz)

500 gram pork liver (17.6 oz)

2 medium onion

2 eggs

1 teaspoon anchovy paste

70 gram all-purpose flour (2.5 oz)

1/2 deciliter whipping creme (1.7 fl oz)

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

bacon for decoration, optional

Directions:

Melt butter. Cut onion and liver into chunks. Place liver, onion, melted butter and remaining ingredients into a food processor, except bacon, and process for 3-5 minutes until smooth. Pour liver mixture into baking dish and if desired decorate with bacon. When ready to bake Liver Pate, fill an oven-proof dish with hot water 1/2 way up the side of the baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 to 1 1/2 hour depending on the baking dish size.

If freezing raw liver pate, cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and store in freezer safe bags. Thaw liver pate in refrigerator for 24 hours before baking.

Note: This recipe will give you enough liver pate to fill three 1 pint ramekins and one small foil pan or 1 large and 1 small foil pan.

Source: adapted from foodfanatic

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Smørrebrød with egg and tomato

Smørrebrød with egg and tomato

Here is a piece of smørrebrød (classic Danish open-faced sandwich) which I think is perfect for this time of year, Spring! It’s made with egg and tomato, my two favorite sandwich ingredients, but also with salad shrimp, cucumber and lumpfish caviar. This is so perfect for a beautiful spring day, eaten in the warm sun and enjoyed it with an ice cold beer (or your other favorite beverage). If you need a recipe to make your own Rugbrød (Rye bread), I have one with a sour dough starter and one without sour dough.

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Making Smørrebrød with egg and tomato

Smørrebrød with Egg and Tomato (1 piece)

Ingredients:

1 piece of rye bread

butter, optional

boston lettuce

1 hard-boiled egg, sliced

salad shrimp, drained and patted a little dry

mayonnaise

1 small tomato

cucumber, sliced

lumpfish caviar

Directions:

Butter bread, if desired. Layer bread with lettuce, egg slices and shrimp. Add a generous amount of mayonnaise. Top with tomatoes and cucumber. Garnish with caviar. Enjoy with an ice cold beer.

Source: slightly adapted from danishsandwich.com

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Shrimp Salad With White Asparagus

Shrimp Salad With White Asparagus

For a beautiful, warm spring day like today I think we need a light and delicious Shrimp Salad served on a small slice of French bread. I’ve had my eye on this Shrimp Salad for quite some time now, and today is the perfect day for it. The most important thing about making it, is to make sure that you get as much liquid out of the shrimp and asparagus as possible and that is difficult to do with the fragile marinated asparagus without squashing them. I still ended up with a little too much liquid in mine but the salad was still wonderful and very fresh tasting. Perhaps next time I’ll try in addition to gently patting the asparagus dry, also letting them sit for awhile on some paper towels to try and absorb some more liquid. This is a really nice, refreshing Shrimp Salad with a hint of lemon. Enjoy!

Shrimp Salad With White Asparagus

Ingredients:

200 grams small shrimp (peeled, deveined and cooked)

16-18 thin white asparagus (marinated in water)

1 deciliter Hellmann’s mayo

1 tablespoon ketchup

a small sprinkle of fresh lemon juice

a pinch of ground chili powder

Directions:

If using frozen shrimp, defrost, drain and thoroughly pat dry the shrimp. Remove asparagus from marinade water, place on paper towel and gently pat dry. It is important to remove as much liquid from shrimp and asparagus as possible to avoid a wet shrimp salad. Cut asparagus into bite size pieces. In a small bowl add mayo, ketchup, lemon juice and chili powder, stir. Add shrimp and asparagus to mayo mixture and gently mix to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with French bread. Enjoy!

Source: Dalsgaard i Skivholme

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Skidne Æg (Smiling Eggs In Mustard Sauce)

Skidne Æg (Smiling Eggs In Mustard Sauce)

I think it’s about high time that I make something Danish again and with Easter approaching I thought this lunch or dinner plate would be great. For this particular Danish dish, I choose to rename the dish rather than translating it because the name is not all that appetizing. If you google translate the name it gives you “dirty” or “filthy” eggs, and so smiling eggs sounds a little better to me.

Skidne Æg is an old-fashioned dish and today in Denmark it can still be found on the Danish Easter lunch table, but it can be served anytime really. It used to be served on the Saturday before Easter which was known as Skiden Lørdag (dirty Saturday). I should explain that in Denmark this Saturday is flanked by two holidays on either side; Skærtorsdag (Maundy Thursday) and Langfredag (Good Friday) on one side and Påske (Easter) and Anden Påskedag (Easter Monday) on the other side. So the Saturday in-between the holidays was the day when you were busy cleaning house from having company and needed something easy for dinner, and this is indeed a very easy and delicious dish.

When you make Skidne Æg you can use a spicy mustard or perhaps a milder Dijon mustard or a whole grain mustard, just choose whichever is your favorite mustard. When you cook the eggs you want them to be, what in Danish is referred to as “smiling” eggs. The outer layer of the yolk should be slightly firm and the yolk center soft, so not hard boiled and not soft boiled, but in-between. Actually, I like them a little more on the soft boiled side, so again boil the eggs the way you like them 🙂 I hope you enjoy this classic Danish dish.

Skidne Æg (serves 2)

Ingredients:

4 eggs

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

1/2 liter milk (16 oz)

3 tablespoon mustard (your favorite kind)

salt to taste

Serving suggestions:

toasted dark rye bread (Rugbrød), fresh fried chopped bacon, top with chives

Directions:

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add eggs and boil until soft boiled (cooking time varies depending on egg size, I used a size large egg and boiled for 7 minutes). When done boiling, pour out boiling water, add cold water and let sit for 1 minute. Peel eggs and set aside.

Meanwhile in a small pan, melt butter. Once butter is melted add flour and whisk vigorously while cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add milk in increments while stirring until you have a slightly thick Bechamel sauce. Add mustard, stir and let simmer for another two minutes. Season with salt to taste. Add boiled eggs to sauce and allow to heat through. Serve with toasted dark rye bread and enjoy!

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Raspberry and Granola Parfait

Raspberry and Granola Parfait

Recently I went on a short trip to Fort Myers, Florida and I stayed at the beautiful Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. The hotel was gorgeous, the weather was hot and most importantly, the pool was refreshing.

Ahh lounging at the pool.

Ahh lounging at the pool.

The trip was all-inclusive and so of course the food was plenty. I have to say that their breakfast spread was amazing with anything from traditional American breakfast to a more European style breakfast with salmon and various lunch meats to plenty of fresh fruit. My favorite breakfast item was a Parfait which was layered with granola, yogurt and fresh berries. I had the Parfait on the morning of my departure, which was very early, and so I brought it with me to the airport. It made for a great on-the-go breakfast but it could also be a refreshing snack or even a light lunch or dessert. With yogurt, fresh fruit and granola made with honey, you just can’t go wrong.

Granola made with oats, coconut, almonds and honey.

Granola made with oats, coconut, almonds and honey.

Ingredients for Granola:

2 cups old fashioned quaker oats

1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup slivered almonds, chopped

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a 15 x 10 inch baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

Combine oats, coconut and almonds in a small bowl. Place honey, brown sugar and cinnamon into a cup and stir to combine. Pour honey mixture over the oats and stir until completely moistened.

Spread oats out onto baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring twice. Turn oven off and let the oats sit in the oven for another 10 minutes. Place baking sheet on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Ingredients for Parfait:

Vanilla flavored greek yogurt

fresh raspberries, or fruit of your choice

Granola (see recipe above)

To assemble Parfait:

In a tall glass, start with a layer of yogurt, then granola and then fresh berries. Repeat layers to fill glass. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Florida sunset.

Florida sunset.

Source: adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

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Karrysalat - Danish Curry Salad

Karrysalat – Danish Curry Salad

I never liked Danish Karrysalat until I made a homemade version to serve at my Danish Christmas luncheon. You may ask, why did I make it in the first place if I knew I didn’t like it. Well traditionally Karrysalat is a classic topping for marinated herring and marinated herring is a “must” at any self-respecting Danish Christmas luncheon table. And when I tasted my homemade Karrysalat I was instantly hooked because it is so much better than the store-bought kind. Like I mentioned, it’s is served with marinated herring on top of Rugbrød (dark Rye bread) but I could eat it on top of just about any kind of lunch meat. This is super delicious and I recommend that you whip up a batch immediately and enjoy. 🙂

Karrysalat

Karrysalat – Curry salad

Ingredients:

3 hard boiled eggs, diced

5 sweet Gherkins, diced (Cornichoner in Danish)

2-3 tablespoons petite diced red onion

1 small apple, diced

2 deciliter mayonaise

2 tablespoons creme fraiche

1 teaspoon curry

1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Dice eggs, gherkins, onion and apple into small pieces. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently to combine. Allow salad to rest in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours before serving. Will keep for about 1 week in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Beretninger fra et autentisk landbrug

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Mini Filled Omelette

The other night I was looking for a different type of side-dish for my Flounder and I remembered seeing this omelette presentation on another food blog. It’s a fun way to make an omelette, not to mention that making it this way keeps the portion size in check and the presentation is nicer than your typical omelette. As for the fillings, you can dream up whatever you like or maybe use up that little left-over you have sitting in the fridge. Some filling ideas could include spinach, diced tomatoes, left-over cooked vegetables like asparagus or left-over cooked meats like shrimp or chicken or perhaps some processed meats like Prosciutto or Ham. Add some fresh herbs for added flavor like parsley, chives or basil and your cheese could be a good Goat cheese, Feta, Cheddar or Gouda. The sky is the limit. Here is what I put in mine (and I foresee diced cooked shrimp in the very near future).

Making Mini Omelette

Making Mini Omelette

Mini Filled Omelette #1

Prosciutto

roasted red pepper

feta cheese

basil

1 egg with a dash of milk

Mini Filled Omelette #2

Prosciutto

olives

Parmesan-reggiano cheese

basil

1 egg with a dash of milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degree F (200 degrees C). Start by spraying your dish with a small amount of oil, then add your fillings to the dish. Beat one egg with a dash of milk and pour over the filling. Make sure the dish is not filled up all the way to the edge since the egg will rise a little in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until egg is set.

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Mona's Rejesalat - Mona's Shrimp Salad

Mona’s Rejesalat – Mona’s Shrimp Salad

Once a month I get together with a group of wonderful Danish ladies. We’ll meet for afternoon coffee or dinner and we will talk and catch up on what’s going on in our lives and the world. We take turns hosting the party and there is always something delicious to eat on the table…and oh yes, we sing! 🙂 I guess that deserves an explanation. Well, at Danish parties when the company is good, conversations are stimulating, the food is delicious and maybe (or maybe not) the alcohol is flowing, we lock arms and we sing funny Danish drinking songs. It’s a riot.

Mona Eisenbaum

Mona Eisenbaum

This is the Shrimp Salad that my Danish friend Mona use to serve as an appetizer and it would always disappear very quickly. Mona has since then passed away but her Shrimp Salad lives on at our meetings. Mona was an excellent cook and she would prepare the most delicious dishes for us. She never followed recipes and she told me what was in the Shrimp Salad but no specific amounts. I had tried making it but something was missing and my other Danish friend Kaja finally helped me out with the missing ingredient…pineapple. With this recipe you can choose to turn up the pineapple flavor or the curry, it all depends on your taste buds. I like to be able to taste the curry a little.

Making Shrimp Salad

Making Shrimp Salad

When I make this I use small frozen deveined cooked shrimp. Make sure they are fully thawed and pat them dry with a paper towel, otherwise the salad will be too watery. I hope you try this delicious Shrimp Salad and enjoy!

Mona's Shrimp Salad

Mona’s Shrimp Salad

Mona’s Rejesalat – Mona’s Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

450 gram cooked, deveined small shrimp (16 oz.)

4 thin slices canned pineapple, diced

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup ketchup

1/2 – 1  teaspoon curry

Directions:

Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel. Dice shrimp and pineapple into small pieces. Add mayonnaise, ketchup and curry, stir gently to combine. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving. Serve on freshly baked white bread. Enjoy!

Source: my late Danish friend Mona Eisenbaum

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Zucchinideller

Ok, so it all started when I made the Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread and discovered that zucchini can be an exciting vegetable. Who knew! I always thought they were dull and not worthy of my attention 🙂 Now I understand why people get so excited when they tell me that they planted zucchini in their garden or that they found the most gorgeous zucchini at the grocery store. It turns out that zucchini is quite the vegetable!

Zucchinideller

So now that I am on this zucchini kick here is a wonderful little recipe for some Zucchinideller. I should probably explain the word Zucchinideller. They are like the Danish meat patties called Frikadeller except there is no meat involved here, only delicious zucchini.

Zucchinideller (makes 6 patties)

Ingredients:

1 large zucchini, grated and drained

1 small garlic clove, minced

1 small bundle chives, chopped

4 tablespoons old-fashioned oats

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 medium fresh basil leaves, chopped

1/2 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:

Rinse and dry zucchini. Leaving the peel on, grate the zucchini and squeeze out excess liquid. Place zucchini in a bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Spray pan with cooking spray and bring to medium-high heat. Drop tablespoons of zucchini onto hot pan and brown both sides of patties. Serve warm and enjoy!

Source: adapted from Dalsgaard i Skivholme

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