The Danes did not use garlic in their cooking before the 1960’s even though it was popular in the most of Europe since the middle ages. Either you love it or hate it. Those who hate it may have trouble digesting it. What they are having trouble digesting is actually the germ the green sprout that runs through the center of the garlic clove. Removing it makes garlic much easier for your body to process. Cut down the center of the clove and pull out any green you see. It should come out in a single strip, the length of the clove. Now the Danes use it in many dishes and especially when they grill. Grilling food over an open fire is one of the oldest forms of preparing food and yet the Danes only started to grill around 1960. Now almost every Dane with respect for himself, has a grill.
Garlic Steaks with Grillede New Onions
juice of a lime
3 tbsp. water
3 tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
8 large cloves garlic, smashed
2 tbsp. rapeseed oil
4 small steaks
10-12 small new onions
8 sprigs of thyme
To make steaks, combine lime juice, water, orange juice, and and pepper in a small bowl. Heat oil and fry garlic 2 min. Add lime/orange juice and bring to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Pour most of this blanding over the meat. Save some for the onions and place meat in the refrigerator 1-2 hours.
To make onions, cook them 5-6 minutes in salted boiling water. Peel them and set them on a spear.
To cook steaks and onions, varm the grill up. Bush the grill with oil. Place steaks on a metal spear and wrap 2 sprigs of thyme around each of them. Grill the meat 2-3 minutes over direct heat depending on how thick they are. Bush onions with garlic mixture and grill them 4 minutes. Turn them often. Be careful they don’t burn.
2 lb.(1 kilo) fresh spinach, stems removed, washed or 500 g/1 lb.
1 tbsp. butter
½ cup (4 fl.oz. )heavy cream
salt and freshly ground white pepper
To make spinach, cook the spinach with just the water that clings from it’s washing. When spinach has shrunk, turn it on to a plate, let it cool and chop it coarsely with a knife. Melt butter in a small casserole and come spinach, cream, salt and pepper in. Cook spinach over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Suggested accompaniment: boiled new potatoes