Aunt Bines Herring

Herring is an absolut must for a Christmas luncheon. There are hundreds of  variations and new ones are constantly composed. Many Danish luncheons start with herring and herring open-face sandwich requires a snaps. The Danish name for aquavit. The one below is perfect with it’s red and green color and  taste of Christmas with cloves. […]

Snaps Cured Salmon

The Danes eat a lot of salmon and one of the best open-face sandwich is made with snaps cured salmon. This sandwich could be eaten with snaps or a glass of white wine.   Salt, Sugar and Snaps Cured Salmon with Fennel and Sour Cream  Makes 8-10    1 lb. salmon filet with skin 3-4 […]

Fiskefilllet with Mayonnaise and Shrimps

A very popular open-face sandwich at a Christmas lunch is fisk fillets . Plaice with its characteristic red spots is the most plentiful fish in Northern Europe.  I know, however, plaice is not found in all parts of the world, so other flat fish can be used. Cod, although is thicker, it is also good.  […]

Smoked Salmom with Shrimps and Danish Caviar

The weather is warm in Denmark, at least it has been for the last few weeks. In fact, we had the hottest day in May ever  recorded last  month. 85°. That is a totally unheard high for Denmark. It may not seem like a very high temperature for many, but for the Danes, it’s high. […]

Smoked Herring with Egg Yolk, Radises and Chives -Sol over Gudhjem

Smoking is an old  metode, dating back to the year 6000 b.c., to keep fish and meat longer. The little town of Bornholm was once famous for it’s smoked herring, mackerel and salmon and  had  at one time 135 places that smoked fish. Now there are about 60 buildings that have been saved from destruction, […]

Open-face Sandwich Tartare with Egg Yolk

Spring has arrived along with the long summer nights. Now the days are longer than the nights. The brown and gray fields are starting to change colors. The rasps fields are so amazingly yellow; they almost blind you. New and fresh vegetables are popping up at the markets. The animals that have been indoors all […]

Smushi

Smushi is a contraction of the Danish word `smørrebrød´,meaning open-face sandwiches – the traditional Danish lunch menu, and the Japanese `sushi´. Smushi is a combination of classical Danish dishes made from seasonal produce, but served in delicate, aesthetically presented portions the size of sushi.   Smushi is not a fusion of ingredients and flavors, but […]

Roastbeef with Pickles and Grated Horseradish

I always thought pickles should  be marinated in a vinagar brine which had been boiled awhile, thicken with flour and then poured over vegetables. Now I have found a recipe where pickles can be made in a matter of minutes without the brother of sterilizing jars and adding conserving products. It seemed  like all the […]

New Years Eve Appetizers with Salmon

Soon it will be New Years’ Eve and everyone is making plans for a special dinner on the last night of the year. Most people already know what they are having, so I am not coming with any suggestions. I myself am having oysters and lobsters with butter and bread. Most people know these dishes, […]

Christmas Luncheon with Several Kinds of Herring

Between Christmas and New Years Eve, many Danes have a little vacation. They use the time to invite friends and family they haven’t seen at Christmas to a Christmas luncheon. These luncheons start with herring and a herring open-face sandwich requires a snaps/aquavit. A buffet will usually have three or for types of herring to […]

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 […]