Christmas is all about good, comfy, feel good food. For me December is all about the warm feel of stews, cabbage salads and potatoes… who doesn’t love potatoes?
In Denmark we have a lot of traditional Christmas foods eaten all through December. A lot of our food revolves around meat, especially pork (we’re pig country) but the sides are just as important (especially the potatoes, both the normal boiled ones and the sugar cooked ones). Kale and cabbage also plays a big part in our Christmas food as both are natural winter greens here in Denmark.
For Christmas Eve there’s a few different traditions going around. Some eat duck, some turkey but in my family it’s pork roast with cracklings. Served with boiled potatoes, browned sugar potatoes, pickled red cabbage, fresh red cabbage salad, sweet boiled apples, lingonberry sauce, and a thick brown sauce. It’s heaven on earth and the reason we all wear comfy pants for Christmas Eve.
The Christmas lunch table is another classic Danish Christmas thing. Pickled herring, liver pate, sausage, danish meatballs, salmon, shrimp and eggs are all classic dishes served on dark rye bread and with beer and Danish snaps.
Another classic is the rice pudding served with butter, sugar and cinnamon on top. And it’s this rice pudding that’s the base of our Christmas dessert served in every home Christmas Eve. It’s the cold rice pudding (without the butter, sugar and cinnamon of course) mixed with whipped cream, sugar, vanilla and chopped almonds. It’s served with a warm cherry sauce and is delicious. A single whole almond is hidden in the pudding and who ever get it wins a “present” which is usually something eatable like chocolate ❤️
This year I really wanna try English mince pies and if any of you have a good family recipe feel free to share it.
If you’re interested in more Christmas food from Denmark I got a pinterest board filled with food and recipes.
What’s your favorite Christmas recipe?