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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mørbradgryde - mørbradbøffer med løg og svampe - Pork Tenderloin in a Mushroom Onion Cream Sauce

Pork tenderloin is a popular cut of pork, and it is with a good reason. The meat is both tender and lean. You can cut it into steaks or make a roast or grill the whole tenderloin in a pan or in the oven. 

Traditionally, pork tenderloin is cut into steaks and served with fried onions, cream sauce, mushrooms and potatoes. Below is a recipe that is a classic Danish dish with a different spin on a pork tenderloin dinner. The Pork Tenderloin is cut into steaks, and served with a delicious onion, leek, and mushroom cream gravy.
 See Karen Grete prepares this delicious 
pork dinner on our YouTube channel.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 lb oyster mushroom - optional
  • 1-2 tbsp butter                              
  • Salt and pepper
  • paprika
  • 1 tsp. mustard -optional
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken stock
  • Serve with rice or cooked or mashed potatoes
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley

Instruction:

  1. Peal the potatoes and boil them till tender.
  2. Chop parsley finely.
  3. Remove fat and tendons from the pork tenderloin, and cut in into approx. 1 inch thick slices.
  4. Peel and chop the onion. 
  5. Slice the leek.
  6. Clean the mushrooms and cut them in quarters.
  7. Fry onions and leek in the butter for a couple of minutes before you add the mushrooms. Remove everything from the pan, and fry the pork tenderloin steaks. Sprinkle the pork with salt, pepper and paprika.  Return the onion, leek and mushroom mixture to the pan, and finally add the beef bouillon cube and the heavy cream. Optional add mustard.
  8. Do not overcook the tenderloin, or it will dry out. It should only be cooked till all the pink is gone.
  9. Let the meat sit in the mixture for several minutes to warm up again before you serve it.
We hope you enjoy this delicious dinner. Let us know what you think in the comment section if you try this recipe. As well a couple of other ways to serve the pork tenderloin steak is with fried  onions on rye bread as an open-faced sandwich.
 
We served this pork tenderloin dinner on a Royal Copenhagen dinner plate.  The pattern is Blue Flower Curve.
Upcoming recipes:
We have a large selection of open-faced sandwiches and pork recipes. We plan to post the pork tenderloin open-faced sandwich in the future. As well we plan to post a stuffed pork tenderloin too.  Be sure to check out our selection of smørrebrød  and pork recipes to see the variety of possibilities.  
   

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Potato Leek Soup with Bacon and Parsley - Kartoffel-porresuppe med bacon og persilledrys



We have had a few months of really cold and snowy winter.  During the cold weekends, I make this hearty bowl of potato leek soup on a regular basis.  My family loves this recipe as it is comfort food for them. The bacon and parsley gives the soup an extra touch of deliciousness. It might take a little effort to make this hearty soup but it is worth it. When this soup is done, wow!  

Ingredients:


  •  lb potatoes
  • 1 can of chicken stock
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 pieces of fried bacon
  • parsley and/or chives
  • salt and pepper

  •   
     See Karen Grete preparing Potato Leek Soup 
    in our YouTube video
     Instruction:
    1. Fry the bacon.  
    2. Peel and slice the potatoes and cook them in the chicken stock.  
    3. Peel and slice the garlic.
    4. Slice the leeks and fry them in the bacon fat.
    5. Mash the potatoes in the chicken stock and add it to the garlic/ leeks mixture. Cook till soft and tender.
    6. Add the cream, salt and pepper. 
    7. Serve the warm soup immediately. I recommend to sprinkle with bacon, chives and/or parsley.
    8. I usually serve the soup with either rolls or Danish rye bread too.



    You can’t go wrong and the compliments will be forthcoming especially during the cold winter months. Enjoy!

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    Smoked Salmon Pizza Recipe - Røget Laks Pizza



    Growing up in Denmark we never had pizza.  The first time I had pizza was in New Jersey which was years ago.  Now a days pizza is much more common in Denmark.  You can find pizza shops not only in Copenhagen but in the suburbs and small towns too.   My relatives and friends seem to eat pizza regularly just because it is so easy to get and delicious. 


    Below is a pizza recipe that combines some of our favorite Scandinavian ingredients including smoked salmon onto a pizza.  This smoked salmon pizza makes a wonderful appetizer for a party or a light summer dinner.  The ingredients listed below are easy to find in any grocery store.   Plus, this delicious pizza is very easy to make. I do recommend eating the pizza the same day that you make it.  However just like most pizzas it will probably quickly disappear the same day you serve it.

     
    Check out our YouTube video 
    to see how Karen Grete prepares this delicious smoked salmon pizza


    Ingredients:

    • 8 ounces prepared pizza dough
    • oil in a can (for spraying the pizza)
    • chopped chives
    • chopped dill
    • 8 oz. cream cheese
    • Capers, drained
    • 6 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon

    Instruction:

    1.Preheat the oven to 500°F.

    2.On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 10-inch round. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet.  Brush or spray it with oil and punch it with a fork.  Bake until crust is golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Let the pizza crust cool for 5 minutes.

    3.While pizza crust is in the oven, mix the cream cheese with the chopped dill and chopped chives

    4.On a cool crisp pizza crust, spread the sour cream mixture over the pizza.  Arrange the salmon to cover the surface entirely. Sprinkle with the capers and dill.

    5.Slice the pizza into 4 pieces for the light dinner or slice the pizza into smaller slices for the appetizers.  Serve immediately.

    You might want to add pepper or a slice of lemon to taste.   Also, we used chopped dill but you can substitute using chopped chives instead.                                   
    A delicious side salad is great to have with this pizza.  My suggestion is one of our cucumber salads or even a cucumber lemon drink.  
     
    In this photo above we served the salmon pizza on a Royal Copenhagen plate.  The pattern design is Blue Flower Curve which is perfect to use during the summer season.  Love the floral pattern.


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    Monday, May 25, 2015

    Millionbøf - Million Beef with Mashed Potatoes - A Danish Dinner Recipe

    A very traditional Danish dinner dish! Millionbøf is easy to make for small meals or for a family get together.  Most adults as well as children like itMy family usually eat every drop of this dish and usually ask for seconds. 

    Below we prepare millionbøf with mashed potatoes and a side of spinach and red beets. However, try millionbøf with either mashed potatoes or even spaghetti.  Both taste great with
    millionbøf. 

    Ingredients:

    • 1 large or 2 medium onions
    • 1 lb of ground beef
    • 3 tblsp flour
    • oil for frying
    • 1-2 cups of water
    • 3 tblsp flour
    • 1 bouillon cube
    • 2-3 bayleafs
    • 2 tsp salt (to taste)
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tblsp tomato pure, optional
     
    See Karen Grete preparing 
    Millionbøf in our YouTube video

    Instruction:  
    Chop the onions coarsely and fry them in oil. When they begin to brown add the ground beef and brown it well.  It is important to brown the onions and meat well.

    Add the bouillon cube, salt, pepper and bayleaves.

    Mix the flour with the water and add it to the meat.  Keep stirring and make sure there are no lumps. (optional add tomato pure)

    Let the dish simmer for approx. ½ hour.

    Serve the million beef with boiled or mashed potatoes, red beets and your choice of vegetable.

    Mashed Potatoes:

    Boil the potatoes until tender in water without salt. Drain off the water and place the pot on the stove until the potatoes are steamed dry. Mash the potatoes and stir in the milk, so you get soft mashed potatoes. Add butter, salt and pepper according to taste.
    Here we have spinach as a side dish but you can have any side vegetable such as peas.  Also we are serving red beets with our millionbøf dinner. Red beets is very typical to have for either a Danish lunch or dinner and it tastes great with millionbøf.
    Here we serve Million Beef with Mashed Potatoes on a Royal Copenhagen plate.  The pattern we selected for this dish was the Blue Flower Curve.

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