Every country has its unique cuisine. They might share similarities with their neighboring countries and might have taken influence from elsewhere. But each country has its contribution toward world cuisine. There are lots of European countries known for their national dishes. Particularly those on the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy and France, are famous for their food.
But Eastern or Northern European countries can be overlooked in the culinary department. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have unique and delicious dishes that people around the world should try. Denmark is an interesting country in the north of Europe with a long history and fascinating culture. They aren’t best known for their food, but they have some great traditional dishes.
Aebleskiver – Danish Donuts
These traditional Danish donuts are like donut holes, but sweeter. Rather than being deep-fried, like many donuts, they are cooked in a cast iron pan. They should be served hot, with jam, syrup or powdered sugar. You can find them made with all kinds of ingredients, and different regions of Denmark have their recipes. The name makes people think they’re made with apple, and they can be but certainly don’t have to be.
Rye bread is popular in Denmark and is made with rye flour, instead of wheat flour. Rye contains less gluten than wheat, so it’s great if you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, or are just on a gluten-free diet. Called Rugbrød in Denmark, rye bread normally uses sourdough as a base and is very low in fat compared to other breads. It has no oil or flavoring, apart from salt, and is full of whole grain and fibre. If you want to have a healthy lunch in Denmark, rye bread is the way to go. It’s easy to make too if you want to try your hand at baking it.
Beef Pot Roast with Creamy Gravy (Oksesteg i flødesovs)
Of course, every country has to have a hearty and indulgent meal. This pot roast isn’t something that people would have eaten every day because it’s something a bit special. If you ever visit Denmark, it might be something for which you prefer to use catering (or mad ud af huset in Danish.) The ingredients aren’t anything too fancy, apart from good quality beef and red wine, but the dish would have been a real treat in the past because of the cost of meat.
Smoked herring is a very famous dish from Denmark. Many of the more traditional Danish foods are preserved in some way, and Herring is also pickled. This could be due to long, cold winters when food wasn’t as readily available. Smoked herring is a national dish, and the Danish have been preparing the fish that way since the 1800s. People call smoked herring “gold of the sea.” Once it’s smoked, it is preserved for weeks.
If you want to try some authentic Danish food but aren’t much of a cook, why not visit Denmark? The country has an interesting history and culture, as well as friendly people.