Christmas Lunch with Open-face Sandwiches, Beer and Snaps

Inns or small hotels dot the countryside of Denmark. In 1283, King Erik Klipping decreed that small hotels or inns, where to accommodate him when he traveled around the country to collect taxes. At the time of the decree, there was to be an inn every 40 kilometers on major highways. Many of the places that […]

Open-face Sandwich with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato

This open-face sandwich is like a BLT – Danish style. However,  I would like to think of it as a bit more nutritious. First, it is made with only a half slice of rye bread and not two slices of white bread. A half a piece of rye bread weighs 22 grams, or a little […]

Tartare with Crisp Homemade Potato Chips

Just north of Copenhagen, there is a beautiful forest where the people of Denmark can take long walks and search for wild mushrooms, ride horses and watch the many deer that live in the park. The forest is called Dyrehave, meaning the garden of animals. There are hundreds of deer, more than 1500 hundred are […]

How to Make Gravlax-Cured Salmon and Smørrebrød with Gravlax

Gravlax in Danish literally means salmon in a grave. During the middle ages, fishermen would salt salmon and let it ferment by burying it in a hole above high-tide line. Today, the salmon cures in the refrigerator over several days, during which the salt and sugar will draw the moisture out of the salmon.      Gravlax […]

Open-face Sandwich with Fried Fish Fillet, Remoulade, Lemon and Dill

Plaice with its characteristic red spots is the most plentiful fish in Northern Europe.  Plaice is best in the summer and yet this sandwich is one of the most popular sandwiches in Denmark all year around. I have discovered that it is maybe just in Northern Europe and Scandinavian that plaice lives. If you want […]

Open-face Sandwich with Ham, Homemade Mayonnaise and Cucumber

If you have some left-over ham, it is very easy to make a quick open-face sandwich with ham, some mayonnaise and  slices of cucumber.                                     Ham Salad Serves 4 Leftover smoked ham makes a good everyday ham salad sandwich […]

What to drink with Open-face Sandwiches

There has been a few days free from work and school for the Danes because of Jesus’ ascension that we celebrate on May 25. Many Danes use this weekend to invite friends over for lunch. Most people will serve beer and snaps/Danish aquavit. I have written about this ritual before in April of 2014, but I […]

Smørrebrød – Chicken Salad with Bacon

A few days ago, my husband and I wanted a quick lunch while shopping, so we stopped at a newly opened restaurant. They had six open-face sandwiches(Smørrebrød) on the menu. Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Mushrooms is a classic and is one of the most popular open-face sandwiches in Denmark. Left over chicken or a purchased roast chicken can […]

Lemon Marinated Salmon with Horseradish Dressing

We eat a lot of salmon here in the north. One of my favorite ways to make salmon is marinated with lemons. The acid in the lemon “cooks” the fish, giving  it a nice taste and changes the color and the texture. It is like the south American ceviche. It is a very easy appetizer and it […]

Open-face Sandwich with Smoked Cheese Salad

This  open-face sandwich, smørrebrød, is an all-time favorite of the Danes. Unfortunately, Denmark is one of the only places in the world to get smoked cheese. It can be made at home if you have the time. It is buttermilk that gets warmed over an open fire and when it is skilt, it gets poured into […]

Open-face Sandwich with Smoked Salmon, Poached Egg and Hollandaisesauce

This sandwich reminds of eggs benedict and could be eaten for  breakfast or brunch as well as a lunch.  Apart from the fact that Denmark  does not have English muffins and here white bread is used and smoked salmon is used instead of ham. Nevertheless, it tastes great and now that we have a little […]

Smørrebrød (open-face Sandwich) with Egg and Shrimps

Egg is a super good protein source, it is filling and now research has cleared the egg for it’s bad reputation it has had to endure for the past many years. Remember when people were worried about egg’s high cholesterol contents and the high risk there was for heart cardiac disorder. Now researcher have proven […]

Easter Lunch with Beer Battered Fish with Caper Cream, Shrimps and Danish Black Caviar

Easter is  just around the corner and the Danes will be inviting friends and family over for an Easter lunch. This open-face sandwich is not a classic sandwich but as I have written earlier, new sandwiches are being created every day. In this sandwich, the fish is first dipped in a beer batter and deep fried in […]

Open-face Sandwich with Avocado and Egg Salad

As I wrote earlier this week, we will be eating a lot of eggs in the next few days  because of Easter. And why not. Eggs are the perfect food with all the vitamins and mineral we need for a healthy life. It has anything except C vitamin. If you eat eggs with avocado,  which has […]

Open-face Sandwich with Chicken Salad, Asparagus, Capers and Walnuts

Everybody loves chicken and it can be used in many open-face sandwiches. A left over piece of chicken can be sliced and servered with some mayonnaise and garnished with bacon or a wedge of tomato. In this recipe, the chicken is cooked for an hour and then the cooking water is used to cook the asparagus. […]

Open-face Sandwich with Roastbeef, Potato Salad and Tomato

Roast beef with potato salad is yet another great open-face sandwich. Everyone has there own recipe for potato salad, but this is a classic Danish recipe. If the salad is to be eaten the same day, creme fraiche,  or low- fat sour cream, yoghurt or a similar sour-milk product can be used to reduce the […]

Smørrebrød with Fried Herring and Pickled Red Onions

The fish that Danes eat most of is herring. It is reasonably priced, widely available and sold in all kinds of packaging and sizes. It is tremendously versatile and relatively easy to prepare. It can be purchased raw at the fish mongers and some supermarkets, marinated in jars, smoked and even smoked in cans. For those […]

Open-face Sandwich with Smoked Mackerel Salad

I am so lucky to live close to a fishing village and the fishmonger  smokes both salmon, eel, herring and mackeral two times a week. This sandwich can be made both with herring and mackerel, sometimes a combination of both. Herring has so many bones in it and is very time consuming to clean, so I […]

Smørrebrød with Lobster Tails and Asparagus

People think that because Denmark is surrounded by water and has a coast that stretches for a length of 7,300 kilometers ( 4,536 miles) that we eat lobsters all the time. Unfortunately, we don’t. It is too expensive. Actually, when we do eat  lobsters,  they come from Maine, U.S.A. We can also get them frozen. Here is a […]

Smørrebrød Pepper, Salt and Sugar Cured Steak with Porcini Maynnaise

Salt, sugar and other spices  is  a popular method of preserving both meat and fish. The salt in the cure (a mix of salt, sugar and pepper in this recipe)) draws out moisture, transforming the texture and color of the meat and fish. After 24  hours in the refrigerator, the meat will lose 10-15% of its weight. This […]