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Smørrebrød – Fiskefilet

Smørrebrød is a very important part of traditional Danish cuisine. Basically it’s an open-faced sandwich which starts with the base of bread and butter and then it is topped off, in an artful fashion, with varying ingredients which compliment each other.


For the Flounder Filet:

4 Flounder Filets (or however many you’re making)

1 egg, lightly beaten

plain bread crumbs

salt and pepper

extra virgin olive oil, for frying

For the Smørrebrød:

1 slice Rye bread, or toast if you prefer

butter, at room temperature


flounder filet, hot off pan or warmed up

Remoulade (see recipe)


Dill, for garnish

lemon wedges


Lightly beat the egg. In a shallow dish mix bread crumbs with salt and pepper. Dip each flounder filet in the egg, then turn the flounder in the bread crumbs covering both sides. Place oil in pan and heat to medium-high. Brown flounder on both sides and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Butter bread (if desired). Top with lettuce, flounder, remoulade, capers and dill. Squeeze lemon over fish and enjoy.

Source: My Danish Kitchen


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Fusilli Col Buco And Shrimp In Tomato Cream Sauce

Fusilli Col Buco And Shrimp In Tomato Cream Sauce

Ok, so I admit it, I’m hooked on Tomato Cream sauces. Ok ok, here is the real truth, I’m hooked on anything tomato. Tomato sandwiches, tomato soup, tomato sauces or just a plain tomato with salt and pepper, yum. I think maybe Joe (my husband) is getting a little tired of my love affair with tomatoes, although he really did like this Tomato cream sauce. And did you see these beautiful Fusilli Col Buco that I found. I have been saving them for a special tomato sauce and this is it. Hope you enjoy this recipe, should you decide to give it a try.

Fusilli Col Buco And Shrimp In Tomato Cream Sauce


2/3 pound Fusilli Col Buco

1 pound extra-large Shrimp

2 tablespoon Butter

2 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 small Onion – diced

2 cloves Garlic – minced

1/2 cup white wine

1 can Tomato Sauce, 8 ounces

1/2 cup Whipping Cream

fresh Basil, to taste

Salt and Pepper, to taste


Peel, devein and rinse shrimp. Cook Fusilli Col Buco until desired consistency. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Season shrimp lightly with salt and pepper and cook in skillet until pink. Do not overcook. Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet, then add diced onion and minced garlic and cook over low-medium heat until tender. Add wine and let it reduce for 4-5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and cream, stir well and bring to a simmer. Chop fresh Basil and add to sauce, then add drained Fusilli Col Buco and Shrimp back into the sauce and stir well to make sure Fusilli is completely covered with sauce. Serve hot with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Enjoy!

Cooked Shrimp

Fusilli Col Buco in Tomato Cream Sauce

Source: adapted from Pioneer Woman


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Blinis with Salmon and Caviar

This post is not a recipe but rather a collection of ingredients which make up a delicious little appetizer. I first had this at my Danish friend Tina’s house and I was immediately hooked. It consist of these wonderful mini pancakes called Blinis which are Russian in origin and traditionally made of buckwheat flour and yeast. However, the ones I got a hold of was actually French Blinis which have no buckwheat flour in them. I choose to serve the Blinis at room temperature but you can warm them up a little if you so choose. Then add the following toppings of your choice; slice of smoked Salmon, sliced hard-boiled egg, dollop of sour cream and top off with caviar. I just love the rude popping sensation against the roof of my mouth from the caviar, delicious!

Blini topping ideas:

Salmon, hard-boiled egg, sour cream and caviar

Chopped strawberries marinated in balsamic vinegar

Brie and fruit preserves

Chopped, cooked fresh apples with cinnamon

Creme Fraiche, minced red onion, smoked salmon and dill

Blini with Sour Cream and Caviar

Blini with Salmon, Sour Cream and Caviar

Source: my Danish friend Tina


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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is elegant, intensely flavored and surprisingly easy to make. It seems like a complicated dish because it’s usually something you would choose to order at a nice restaurant and not something you would think of to make at home. And the shrimp and pasta does not have to swim in butter like some places like to serve them. There wasn’t a lot of butter in this recipe to begin with but I cut it back even further and it is still delicious. I love Shrimp Scampi and serve it quite often, try it, I really think you’ll like it.


1/2 pound angle hair pasta

3 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 large shallot, finely diced

5 cloves of garlic, minced

Pinch red pepper flakes, optional

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 lemon, juiced

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

I cup pasta water, reserved


Cook angle hair pasta al dente according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Saute the shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes until shallots are translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, add them to pan and cook until they turn pink, 3 minutes. Remove shrimp from pan and cover with foil to keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice to pan and bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil and once butter has melted return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley, cooked pasta and reserved pasta water. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Source: adapted from Tyler Florence


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Joe's Teriyaki Shrimp

This recipe is my husband Joe’s concoction. His preferred medium to work with is metal but when he does work with food, it turns out great. His shrimps are absolutely delicious and so quick and easy to whip up. For this particular dish I prefer to use the store-bought minced garlic in the jar and dried Cilantro. These are great for grilling as well. Serve with Cocktail Sauce.

Joe's Teriyaki Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce


1 lb large or jumbo shrimp 

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce 

1/2 tsp mustard (Grey Poupon) 

1 tsp garlic 

1/2 tsp cilantro 


Peel deveined shrimp and place in a bowl or a zip lock bag. Add teriyaki sauce, mustard, garlic, cilantro and let marinade 10 minutes. Spray a large pan with cooking spray and preheat to medium-high heat. Place shrimp in a sieve to drain off liquid. Place shrimp in the preheated pan and cook for 3 minutes (1 1/2 minute on each side), do not over-cook. Serve with cocktail sauce.

Source: Joe Gentile at Gentile Forge


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Sunday Tuna Salad

Sunday Tuna Salad

Joe and I often have Tuna Salad for lunch on Sundays and this is my favorite tuna version. I find that the lemon juice and capers compliment the tuna so well and the russian dressing gives a little extra “zing”. It can be a little difficult to locate a russian dressing but Ken’s Steakhouse Dressing has a really good one. This makes approximately 2-3 servings depending on your appetite. 


6.4 oz package of Albacore Tuna in water

1/2 medium lemon, juiced

2 tbsp mayo

1 tbsp russian dressing

2 tsp capers

kosher salt to taste


Drain water from tuna and place in small bowl. Add juice of 1/2 lemon, mayonnaise, russian dressing, capers. Add salt to taste starting with a pinch of salt. Mix well with a fork and serve immediately or place in refrigerator to chill.

Sunday Tuna Salad

Source: Gitte at My Danish Kitchen


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