Posted by: michellelowrey | July 25, 2009

Danish Cookery 101

Hey all you cooking clubs out there! Looking for a new and interesting menu idea for your next get-together? How about exploring the cuisine of Denmark? Yes, we said Denmark! This type of cuisine features products suited to its cool and moist northern climate: barley, potatoes, rye, beetroot, greens, berries, and mushrooms that are locally grown. Dairy products are one of its specialties, as well as lots of smoked and pickled fish. So give Danish food a try at your next cooking club event, and make sure you serve it with lots of cold shots of aquavite, the national drink of Denmark!

Quick! If someone asks you what your favorite international dish is, what would it be? Maybe a nice thin crust pizza? How about a carnitas burrito? A little mu-shu pork might come to mind, but how many of you would say frikadeller or kartoffelmos? Um….probably not many of you. These are dishes from the great country of Denmark, and I say the GREAT country of Denmark, because my husband Corey just happens to be Danish!!

For the past week, we here in Folsom have had the great pleasure of hosting eight of Corey’s family from Denmark, and the last night that they were here, his Aunt Kirsten and his Uncle, Hans-Henrik made us a traditional Danish meal. I was so excited that ANYONE besides myself was actually cooking dinner, that that alone was enough to make me giddy, but my husband was even more excited. In fact, excited may not be strong enough of a word. Over the moon with excitement would be more appropriate. Corey was indeed happy to be getting a meal that he associated so strongly with his childhood. These are the meals that make us feel safe and cozy, and feel connected to our culture…..You just have to eat these foods once in awhile don’t you?

Okay, I’m busted. I don’t know how to make Danish food. Not the foggiest idea. Not even an inkling of a foggy idea. After 17 years of marriage, I’ve not attempted one dish from his childhood. Wait a minute. Does mashed potatoes count? I can do those….

Anyway, while Kirsten cooked, and fried, and chopped, and boiled……I took lots of pictures to share with all of you. I know that the Danish relatives thought I was nuts (okay, crazy) for taking pictures of a typical meal that they may eat on a Tuesday after work, but hey man, this was for my blog….thus highly important research.

First, we had the aforementioned frikadeller, which are Danish meatballs, and just happen to be the national dish of Denmark. These are simply balls made from ground beef and ground pork, that are spiced with salt and pepper, with lots of fresh onion grated into the mix. The onions that are added are grated very finely, to get the liquid from the onion. Next we had Kartofellmos….good old mashed potatoes. These potatoes are made with fresh cream and freshly chopped parsley. Followed by blokaal med ost, which is simply cauliflower with cheese sauce that is topped with….persillesovs, a traditional parsley sauce. The parsley sauce is made by frying flour in butter, and very slowly adding the water that the cauliflower has been cooking in with some milk, and then spiced with more salt and pepper. For dessert we had aeblekage, an apple cake that was just wonderful. In fact, everything was more than just wonderful, and the recipe for the apple cake follows at the end of this post so you can try it for yourself!

Food that is made with love, tastes better than anything else in the world, and my husband was truly a happy man. Thank you Kirsten, for such a memorable eating experience!

IMG_0703Frying the frikadeller……


Making the parsley sauce (persillesvos) is easy says Kirsten, you just need to make sure you add the milk to the flour in stages….




Rasmus watching his Grandmother Kirsten make the parsley sauce ….


Stirring the sauce, while Anne-Sofia looks on…..

IMG_0715Danish style mashed potatoes (kartofellmos) …..

IMG_0717parsley sauce (persillesovs)……

IMG_0718Cauliflower with cheese (blokkal med ost)

IMG_0723A very large helping of mashed potatoes with frikadeller and cauliflower


Recipe for Kirsten’s delicious aeblekage……

1 1/2 pounds apples

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cups whipping cream

raspberry jam (if desired)
Peel, core and chop apples. Boil them in wateruntil soft. Add sugar and remove from the heat.

Melt butter in pan and stir in the sugar and bread crumbs, and toast until lightly browned.

Take a cake form with a loose bottom, and grease well with butter. Fill with alternate layers of apples,

bread crumbs, and jam, ending with a layer of apples. Press well together and turn out on a dish.

Decorate with whipped cream, and drizzle with jam if desired.

IMG_0727Corey with his family from Denmark.

From top left: Hans-Henrik, Kirsten, Jonaton,Gert, Corey

Rikke, Rasmus, Matthias, and Anne-Sofia.


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