How to make Spiced Herring – Kryddersild

My hometown, Stege, on the island, Møn in Denmark, was established around 1100 because of all the herring they were catching in the ocean surrounding the island.

When we had parties, and we were serving the Danish open-faced sandwiches, it was a tradition to always start with a herring sandwich. The first bite of the herring was usually followed by a small glass of snaps, and we would, of course,  say “skål”.


Mild Spiced Herring

  • 1 jar of herring (salt herring or herring in wine sauce)
  • 1/4 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 -1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 bayleaf


(you may want to increase spices according to your taste)

Rinse the herring under the faucet. Next, cook all the spices in approx. 1 cup of water for approx. 5 min., and let it cool down before you pour it over the herring pieces.

Leave the herring in the spices for approx. 2 days before you eat it.  Leave the herring in the refrigerator, and I  sugest you eat the herring within one week.

Herring Sandwich




Butter a slice of ryebread and place a hardcooked sliced egg on the bread. Add the herring as well as the capers, chives, and sliced onion.

Enjoy!

 

 

 
 

Fiskefilet – How to make Danish Fish Fillet

Growing up on Møn we were spoiled with so many things.  We enjoyed the summers going to the sandy beaches, swimming in the ocean and having fresh fish for lunch. Our fish fillet recipe is just like the way my mom made it when growing up on Møn.

This fried fish fillet recipe is so easy, fast and very versatile.  The fish fillet turns out very crispy, which is the way I like. We enjoy the fish fillet with our favorite vegetables for dinner. Then the next day, we serve an open faced sandwich with the fish for lunch.  

 
See Karen Grete preparing the Danish Fish Fillet recipe
Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of fresh fish fillets (halibut, tilapia, cod or other white fish fillet)
  • 1 egg, whipped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • oil and butter for frying
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon slices
Instruction:
  1. Add salt to flour and breadcrumbs as well as pepper according to taste.
  2. Dip the fish fillets in milk, flour, whipped egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.
  3. Add oil and butter to the frying pan.   
  4. Add the fish fillets and fry them at medium heat. Fry the fillets for approx. 2-3 minutes on each side (according to the thickness of the fillets) and till golden brown. 
  5. Serve the fillets with remoulade sauce, lemon slices and capers.
 
Please see me making remoulade sauce 
in our a video.

Add your choice of vegetables and/or bread. We like to have summer potatoes and fresh asparagus. Season to taste with salt and pepper

We hope you enjoy our fish fillet recipe.  You will probably not have any leftovers.  Your picky eaters will be pleasantly surprised!  See our open faced sandwich with fish video too!

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Danish Wholegrain Rye Bread- Fuldkornsrugbrød

In Denmark, we eat dark sourdough rye bread as open-faced sandwiches with cold cuts, cheeses and other toppings at least once a day.  I grew up eating rye bread with our sandwiches every day for lunch. 

There are different variations of sourdough rye bread.  The following wholegrain rye bread recipe is a sourdough rye bread.  This recipe is fast and easy to make.  To give the bread extra flavor I sprinkled sunflower. I like the added extra flavor of sunflower seeds.  However, the sunflower seeds are optional too.

Below is my recipe of the Danish Wholegrain Rye Bread.
 See Karen Grete prepare this delicious 
Danish Wholegrain Rye Bread on our YouTube video

Ingredients:
Makes 1 bread

  • 2 cups  water
  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup  rye flour
  • 1 cup chopped rye kernels
  • 1/2 cup sourdough
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 1 tbsp dark molasses
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Put the sunflower, flax seeds and rye kernels into a pot.  Add enough water to cover the mixture. Boil the mixture for approx. 5 min or until the grains are soft. 
  2. After the mixture has been cooking for 5 minutes, pour it into the mixing bowl, and let it cool down a little.  Add the rest of cold water into the mixture as it is cooling down.
  3. As soon as the mixture is finger warm add the salt, molasses, and 1 cup of the flour. Then mix the mixture.
  4. Next add 1/2 cup sourdough and 1 pkg of yeast into the bowl and mix it again.
  5. Finally add the last 1 cup of flour.  If it is too wet add a little more flour, so it can keep its shape. Mix the mixture for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Spray the baking pan with oil and sprinkle with flour. 
  7. Pour in the dough and let it rise for 1-2 hours. 
  8. After the bread has risen slice the bread across. 
  9. Brush the bread with cold water and sprinkle it with sunflower seeds.  
  10. Bake the bread in the oven for approx. 1 hour 15 min at a degree of 375F.
  11. Take the bread out of the oven, remove it from the form and place it on a rack to cool down before you put it in a plastic bag or a bread box.
 

You might want to wait till the next day before you slice the bread.

As you can see in our YouTube video that I enjoyed the bread with just butter.  That is how good this recipe is!  Of course if you like to have a simple sandwich just with cold cuts or a delicious smørrebrød this bread is great for this too.  Be sure to check out our selection of smørrebrød to see the variety of possibilities.

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Gravad Laks – Gravad Lax – A delicious Nordic Dill-cured Salmon Dish Recipe


Gravlax is a family favorite.  So surprisingly easy to make.  We are sure you will enjoy both making and eating it.  Perfect dish to make during the holidays!

Gravlax is a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmoncured in saltsugar, and dill.

Ingredients

  • 1 pounds fresh salmon, center cut
  • 1 large bunch of dill, plus 1/4 cup chopped dill for serving
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds 
  • Pumpernickel bread, sourdough bread, or crisp bread  (knaekbroed) for serving
Mustard/Dill Sauce Ingredients

Capers, chopped onion, horseradish,lemon slices

Trivia: Did you know that during the Middle Ages, gravlax was made by fishermen, who salted the salmon and lightly fermented it by burying it in the sand above the high-tide line?

Directions

  1. Cut the salmon in half crosswise and place half the fish skin side down in a deep dish.
  2. Wash and shake dry the dill shop it and place it on the fish.
  3. Combine the salt, sugar, crushed peppercorns in a small bowl and sprinkle it evenly over the piece of fish.
  4. Place the other half of salmon over the dill, skin side up.
  5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Place something  heavy on top. Refrigerate the salmon for 2 and up to 3 days, turning it every day and basting it with the liquid that collects as well as the salt/sugar/pepper.
  6. Lay each piece of salmon flat on a cutting board, whip off the salt/sugar/pepper and dill, and sprinkle the top of the salmon with chopped fresh dill. 
  7. With a long thin slicing knife, slice the salmon in long thin slices as you would for smoked salmon.
  8. Serve with dark pumpernickel bread, crisp bread or sourdough bread and mustard sauce. You can also serve with chopped onion, horseradish and capers, if desired.

Trivia: Did you know that the Scandinavian word gravlax means buried salmon?

  • grav (or gravad)=grave 
  • lax (or laks)=salmon
  • Danish =Gravad laks
  • Norweigian=Gravlaks
  • Swedish=Gravlax
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Smørrebrød – Stjerneskud – Shooting Star Open-Faced Sandwich – A Simplified Delightful Version!


This Shooting Star sandwich is my abbreviated version of a famous Danish sandwich.  It is not only pretty to look at, but it also tastes great and is healthy. It’s basically a combination of a variety of seafood toppings.

 

Ingredients:

  • Rye Bread (Rugbrød)
  • Butter
  • Fried Filet of Sole (or Plaice}
  • 1 piece of Smoked  Salmon
  • 1 tbsp Cod roe or Caviar
  • Approx.6 Shrimps
  • 3-4 asparagus
  • Dill
  • Lettuce
  • 2 Lemon Wedges

Directions:

  1. Dip the first fish in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, fry until golden brown in butter. Once this has cooled we are ready to make the sandwich.
  2. Place lettuce on the buttered rye bread
  3. Arrange the luke warm/cold fried fish on top of the lettuce
  4. On top add mayonnaise
  5. Next place smoked salmon on end of the fried fish and  shrimp on the other end of the fried fish
  6. In between the salmon and the shrimp place the asparagus as if it is shooting up in the air
  7. On top twist two slices of lemon on end of the asparagus.  
  8. Add cod roe (or caviar) on the asparagus and in the center of the sandwich
  9. Add dill behind the lemon
We usually set the table with a Royal Copenhagen plate, a fork, a knife and a glass for the beer. When we have a Danish celebration, we traditionally have Danish beer and schnapps with an open-faced sandwich and say Skål frequently! 
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Smørrebrød – H.C. Andersen’s Favorit – Hans Christian’s Andersen’s favorite Open-faced Sandwich

In his dairy H. C. Andersen mentioned his favorite cold cuts, and this sandwich was created accordingly to what he preferred.


Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of rye bread
  • butter
  • 4-6 slices of crisp bacon
  • 1-2 slices of liverwurst
  • slices of tomatoes
  • 1 slice of aspic (sky)
  • fresh grounded horseradish
  • chopped parsley
Instructions:
  1. First butter the rye bread.
  2. Place the slices of crisp bacon on the buttered rye bread from corner to corner.
  3. Add liverwurst to 1/2 of the bread
  4. Place slices of tomatoes (opposite) on the other 1/2 of the bread
  5. Place a slice of aspic on top of the liverwurst
  6. Add horseradish on top of the sandwich
  7. For both decoration and taste add parsley on top of the sandwich as the final touch
It’s that easy! If you desire to serve this as an appetizer, slice the bread into smaller pieces. This sandwich goes great with a Danish beer too
We usually set the table with a Royal Copenhagen plate, a fork, a knife and a glass for the beer. When we have a Danish celebration, we traditionally have Danish beer and schnapps with an open-faced sandwich and say Skål frequently!

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Sky – How to Make Aspic Jelly for Danish Open-faced Sandwiches

Aspic jelly is a savory clear jelly prepared from a liquid stock, and it is chopped or cut into shapes and placed on sandwiches, but may also be used to garnish cold dishes.



 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 bundle parsley
  • 2 bouillon cubes (or 2 tbsp meat extract)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp gelatin


Optional: sherry or white vine

Instructions:

  1. Boil the water with the onion, parsley and bouillon cubes till they are melted. Add soy sauce and the gelatine.  
  2. Strain and leave the aspic to cool down. 
  3. Leave it in the refrigerator till it is stiff. 
  4. Slice the aspic for the sandwich.

The aspic is used sliced on top of a variety of sandwiches, and especially on liverwurst and certain other cold cuts.

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