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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Smørrebrød Danish Open Face Pastrami Sandwich with home made Horseradish Cream Topping recipe

Our family loves the Danish open face pastrami sandwich.  To give the pastrami sandwich a twist we make a homemade horseradish topping (peberrod sovs) for the sandwich. (Check out our easy homemade horseradish creamy topping recipe below!) While the combination of ingredients in this recipe may seem a bit odd, we assure you that the flavors are nice together!



There are a variety of Danish dishes that uses horseradish. Many Danish families have gardens and grow their own horseradish for their Danish dishes. Homegrown horseradish has a clear, fresh taste and packs more zing. If you decide to grow your own horseradish, you'll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to grow it. Horseradish is rank in the top five easiest-to-grow food plants, because it thrives in almost any condition.  So, we look forward to having fresh horseradish each summer.

During the cold, dark winter months locally grown fresh produce can be pretty hard to come by.  So, another alternative is to buy the horseradish in a jar at the grocery store. This is fine, but it does not have quiet the same characteristic taste as fresh summer horseradish.  Our homemade Horseradish Cream Topping below uses the store bought horseradish in a jar.  When we get closer to the summer months, we hope to go over how to grown and use fresh horseradish.  

Depending how busy you are you can make everything the same day or over a 2 day period.  We have included our YouTube video of how we made the Danish Open Face Pastrami Sandwich with home made Horseradish Cream Topping below.


First Step is to make the homemade Horseradish Cream Topping
Horseradish Cream Topping is very easy to make. 

 Horseradish Cream Topping Ingredients:
* 1 cup of fresh whip cream
* 2 - 3 tablespoons of horseradish from a jar

 Kitchen Tools:
* Bowl
* Spoon
* Meauring Cup
* Hand mixer

First whip the cream until it is fluffy.  Then add into the bowl two to three tablespoons of horseradish.  If you like a stronger horseradish flavor, you can add more to taste. Mix the ingredients in the bowl with a spoon.

 


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 Second step is to make the Open Face Pastrami Sandwich with Horseradish Cream Topping

The Open Face Pastrami Sandwich is very easy to make.  We either have this open face sandwich either for lunch, diner or part of a larger smørrebrød.

Ingredients:
* 2-3 slices of whole wheat bread (a rye bread is fine too)
* European style butter
* 3 or 4 pieces of pastrami
* horseradish cream topping
* parsley snippings

 Instructions:
Spread on the whole wheat bread with butter.  Layer the bread with either 3 or 4 pieces of pastrami across the bread. Add one or two tablespoons of Horseradish Cream Topping on the pastrami.  Garnish with snippings of parsley.  The parsley gives the open face sandwich extra color. You can add tomato slices of taste and color too.

The sandwich has to be eaten with a knife and fork too. The drink of choice is a good Danish beer! If you are having a formal Smorrebrod, we usually serve the open face sandwich on a Royal Copenhagen plate. 

Smorrebrod Trivia: Did you know that in the 19thc. Denmark's Smørrebrød custom became popular & convenient. Over the years, smørrebrød developed into an art form with local food attractively presented.

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