Danish food -
from "frikadeller" to "rødgrød med fløde"
Danish food is influenced from many sides. Both Germany and France have had their impact on what today is being considered Danish Food. "Smørrebrød" we share with Sweden - they call it "Smörgåsbord". Generally Danes appreciate quality food and good wine and they like to cook themselves.
On this page you can read about ..
• Lunch - including the famous "Julefrokost".. in December
• Dining with Danes.. the most traditional Danish dinners
• What Danes drink
• Danish Desserts - a leaugue of its own
Before the drooling gets any worse - let's get a move on, shall we.. ?
The French cuisine has had a strong impact on the way the Danes cook. This reflects also in the restaurants in Denmark. Danes usually eat out in restaurants only on special occasions. Meeting rather early between 6 -7 pm and often staying until 11 pm or later.. talking and enjoying a good time.
However the traditional Danish food has its roots in the northern climate and the need for preservation. A lot of pickeling and smoking has been used as preserving methods. The island of
is famous for it's smoked hering.
In the morning Danes like cereal and dairy products with muesli, corn flakes and granola. Bread is important together with a large variety of Danish pastries.
My own personal favourites are ..
Havregrød (oatmeal porridge)
Not necessarily my favourite, but traditionally Danish:
Øllebrød (a special porridge made of rye bread and dark beer)
.. and last under breakfast but certainly not least .. Danish pastry
For me pastries belong to Sunday mornings or instead of real food if I'm on the road and too busy to have a meal. A little everyday blessing which will give your blood sugar a boost but also sweet talk your senses for more. So watch out for the "siren's pastry songs". They are deceptive.. but ooh are they sweet.
"Frokost" - Lunch
"Smørrebrød" often spelled "smorrebrod" in English - is at the core of traditional Danish lunch meals. It's really more a Scandinavian tradition. The Swedes call it "Smörgåsbord" spelled smorgasbord" in English. This lunch form is particularly popular in the month of December, during Christmas time. Please see bottom of the page.
Dining with Danes
The traditional courses originate mostly from a time where living conditions were quite different than today. Typical dishes for the average working family would be:
• "Frikadeller" - meat balls shaped with a table spoon
• "Stegt flæsk med persillesovs" - slices of pork roast with parsley sauce
• "Gule ærter" - yellow split pea soup with rye bread and mustard
• "Biksemad" - a woundrous mixture of pieces of meat (left overs), potatoes and fried eggs on top
What Danes drink
In Copenhagen as in most of Denmark people enjoy beer. In the later years there has emerged almost 75 new breweries, of which a large portion are situated in the capital area. Although Carlsberg and Tuborg are the traditional brands - a whole new array of beer types have become popular of late.
Wine is also a much preferred choice for dinner and receptions. Copenhageners are quite conscious of their choice of wine and like to have a certain quality as well. When it's party time - there are no rules. This can go in any direction.. with or without bubbles.
A very well known dessert is Rødgrød med fløde - say that 50 times! .. a real tongue twister.
Hear how we say Rødgrød med fløde
Rødgrød is a fruit pudding consisting of various kinds of red berries - many of which are local to Denmark and southern Sweden. It's served with cream or milk. So delicious.
Ever tried an original Danish pastry fresh from the oven?
If not - you can
check here where to find a good pastry bakery in Copenhagen.
Danish food at Christmas
A whole chapter of its own when it comes to Danish food is Christmas. The month of December in Denmark is to a large degree defined by the many traditional foods that belong to this season - as is the case in other European countries and the U.S. Our Christmas food traditions are certainly not to be taken lightly..
.. and there‘s no risk of that. Nothing about Danish food at Christmas time is light.. if you catch my drift.
Generally speaking, Danes are quite conscious about health and their fitness, but in December we send our healthy lifestyle on vacation, and fully plunge into every delicious Christmas dish - one calorie bomb at a time. It's not only because the Christmas food traditions in Denmark run so deep.. quite honestly - it's simply because it all tastes soooo good.
The world's best dessert
Ris a lamande - a 100% must
Actually.. this dessert alone is worth it to consider a Christmas trip to Denmark!
A Danish Christmas dinner is not complete before the Ris a la mande is served (from French Riz à l'amande = "rice with almonds").
This is perhaps one of the most typical foods when we talk Christmas in Denmark. An absolutely to die for dessert and you are just down-right gonna pass out for sheer bliss when you taste it.. if it‘s made properly mind you.
.. a piece of heaven
Tradition is another major influence on the Danish food. The most important one to Danish people is the "Julefrokost" - the traditional Christmas Luncheon.
A Danish Julefrokost table ..
To a decent julefrokost table belongs first of all - hering with onion rings, steak with mustard and frikadeller with lots of red cabbage and pickled cucumbers and fish filet with pickles and dips. Another 10-15 courses are traditionally part of the julefrokost. And it all is accompanied by various types of beer and snaps.
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