As you may already know, I’m Danish, if you didn’t know this, then maybe you should click here, and read a little more about me 😉
Well as I said, I’m Danish, Denmark is a small Northern country, it’s the origin of “Hygge” and H.C. Andersen (The author of eg. The little mermaid), and opposed to what people might think, we also do have good food, I’ll admit that most of my favorites are pastries or cakes, but we also have more food like dishes, and I’ll share some of both with you below 😀
The traditional Danish cuisine originated from the peasants who had hard days of work from early morning to late night, so they needed food that would keep them full for a long time, and also food that had enough calories to make sure they didn’t lose weight.
There is also a modern Danish cuisine which is more refined and also delicious, it’s the type of food you’ll get in restaurants and it usually builds on the traditional dishes.
This is the Danish version of meatballs and it’s something that almost every single Dane loves! There are many different ways to make them, it seems like every family has their own recipe that they swear by!
I also made a post with a recipe for these meatballs, which you can see here.
A typical Danish way to eat these meatballs is with potatoes and gravy, it may sound simple, but trust me, it’s good!
This is a type of bread, a dark rye bread with lots of seeds, it’s actually pretty healthy and so far I’ve found that people who come here actually like it! We eat it as open sandwiches with a lot of different things on top, everything from fish, sausages, pate, vegetables or mayonnaise-based “salads”.
Whenever I leave Denmark, this is one of the things I miss the most!!
I’ve heard that you can sometimes buy the flour mix in Ikea stores, but not in Denmark, so I’m not sure. Also, I know that Ikea is Swedish, but they have their own slightly different version of “Rugbrød” so it’s almost the same.
This is the Danish version of pate, and it’s something you either love or hate! I didn’t like it until I was around 16, and now I absolutely love it! We eat it either hot or cold, hot is mainly for brunch and it’s amazing with bacon (Okay, but what isn’t amazing with bacon?), it tastes a little different hot or cold, but I like both. You can buy this absolutely everywhere, even gasstations that only has the most important nessecities sell Leverpostej.
I had a girl from Australia living with me, she said it looked like dogfood, and I had to agree, but she also said it really tasted 100 times better than she would have expected dogfood to do. So give it a chance 😉
This means brown potatoes, but it is actually normal potatoes cooked in sugar, so the outside is caramalized. This is a clasic Christmas sidedish, in Denmark most people have pork or duck for Christmas and we eat these potates with it. Personally I think they are delicious, and I wish they weren’t unhealthy because then I would make them more often!
You might notice the “frikadeller” part which I also wrote about above, the reason for this is that “frikadeller” is just another word for meatballs in Danish, and these are fish meatballs. Might not sound good, but it is!! To me this is a great summer dish, we cook them on a pan and eat them with fresh potatoes, lemon and sometimes also a piece of rye bread.
You can also buy these in fast food restaurants with french fries, but I wouldn’t recommend trying your first ones in a place like that 😉
Rødgrød med fløde:
This is one I also mentioned in my 10 Danish words you need to know post, it’s a dessert, and it means red porridge with cream. It’s made out of a variety of red berries and sugar served warm with cream. It’s a late summer/fall dish, we eat it at night after dinner and it’s super delicious.
In the summer we get a lot of strawberries in Denmark, both in the forest and gardens and in the fields and one of the things we like to make with them are strawberry tartes!
Typically they are made with just a vanilla creme covered in strawberries, it’s simple but super delicious!
This is definitely one of my favorite cakes!!
This name means applepufferes, but there isn’t any apple in them anymore, around 100-200 years ago there were pieces of apple in them and that’s how they got the name.
They are made of a dough that kind of resembles that of pancakes, but it’s different 🙂
We mainly eat them in December, and we eat them with jam and powdered sugar, although I’ve seen them made with a lot of different things in modern restaurants.
This is a type of cake and the name means raspberry squares, I’m including this, because my wonderful friend in Berlin loves these, it’s the first thing she asks for every time she visits me!
You can get these at any gas station and in every bakery, so they are very Danish, they are also easy to make, maybe I’ll do a post with a recipe if anyone is interested 🙂
Koldskål med kammerjunker:
This is a very summery dish, sometimes we eat it for dessert, but I have to admit that sometimes I also eat it for dinner! It literally means cold bowl with crackers, and it’s a dairy-based drink that we eat with some cookie-like things that we crumble up.
It isn’t a very sweet dessert, it’s made with milk, pasteurized eggs, vanilla, and lemon, very easy to make and even a little healthy – although I can’t say the same for the cookies.
So there you have it, 10 different Danish foods that you need to try! I hope you like this post, and I’d love to hear from you about what you think, or if you’ve ever tried any of these or other Danish foods that you liked (or didn’t like 😉 ).
Lots of love, Anne