In Denmark, we love to eat. Eating is pretty much what we do all day this time of year. We have so many various dishes and drinks depending on which part of Denmark you’re from. Since my family comes from North Jutland, some of these dishes are most popular up there.

In our home, we (read: mom) make most of this food from scratch. It’s just sooo much better and she’s such a great cook! I know lots of Danes who even brew their own schnapps.

About this time last year, I wrote a post on Danish Christmas food and it became one of the most popular posts around here. So this year I decided to make an updated photo series for you guys. I’m happy to share recipes if you’d like; let me know in the comments.

SWEETS

What we call them: Juleslik

When we eat them: In my family, we make a day out of it in early December. We make sweets and cookies enough for every day of December. I deliberately hide the weight this time of year!

Almond slices with chocolate

Almond slices with chocolate

Vanilla wreaths

Vanilla wreaths

Oatmeal balls

Oatmeal balls

Marzipan

Marzipan

Marzipan with dades and chocolate

Marzipan with dates and chocolate

DRINKS

What we call them: Gløgg, snaps, juleøl

When we drink it: As often as possible. Many elderly Danes drink snaps every day because it’s good for the health – or so they say. The rest of us only drinks it at Christmas dinners. Mulled wine is often enjoyed with apple slices, while the special x-mas beer is launched on J-day (juleølsdag) in late October. We have a P-day (påskeøl) for the special easter beer as well.

Mulled wine

Mulled wine

Danish snaps

Danish snaps (schnapps)

X-mas beer

X-mas beer

RYE BREAD

What we call them: Rugbrød

When we eat it: Danes eat rye bread all year round, but we like to make extra good topping during Christmas. In my family, we love fish so we put all kinds of smoked, cold, warm and raw fish on the rye bread.

Rugbrød with cod roe, smoked eel, smoked salmon and fish frikadelle

Rugbrød with cod roe and smoked eel

Rugbrød with smoked salmon and fish frikadelle

Rugbrød with smoked salmon and fish frikadelle

PORK LIVER PATE

What we call them: Leverpostej

When we eat it: This is actually also an all year round topping, yet it’s a popular part of our Christmas lunches. It’s not exactly the same as pate, but it’s close.

Danish Christmas food

Fried Danish bacon

Fried Danish bacon

Fried mushrooms

Fried mushrooms

PIE

What we call them: Tærte

When we eat it: It’s quite popular for Christmas lunches, but many Danes also make them for dinner during the rest of the year.

Pie with ham, egg and broccoli

Pie with ham, egg and broccoli

ROLLED SAUSAGE

What we call them: Rullepølse

When we eat it: In my family, we make them ourselves. My parents make one with lamb and another with pork, and they’re absolutely tasty! We eat it every morning during December.

Rolled ham sausage with onions

Rolled ham sausage with onions

SIDE DISHES

What we call them: Sideretter

When we eat it: They’re quite popular all year and especially during Christmas lunches.

Raw red peppers

Raw red peppers

Boiled eggs and chives

Boiled eggs and chives

Root beets

Root beets

FISH

What we call them: Fisk

When we eat it: Every day if I could. I think this much fish is specific for my family though as most Danes eat pork. We eat lots of fish during Christmas lunches and on New Years Eve.

Cod roe, fish frikadelle, smoked salmon, eel, trout and scramled eggs

Cod roe, fish frikadelle, smoked salmon, eel, trout and scrambled eggs

Pickled herring

Pickled herring

Boiled cod roe

Boiled cod roe

Shrimps

Shrimps

HEALTHY SNACKS

What we call them: Sund slik

When we eat it: Along with nuts, you can find healthy snacks on Danish tables every day of December.

Figs, dades and dried abricots

Figs, dates and dried apricots

PORK JELLY

What we call them: Sylte

When we eat it: I don’t. But many Danes like to eat this at Christmas parties and for lunch.

Pork jelly

Pork jelly

CHRISTMAS DINNER

What we call them: Julemiddag

When we eat it: Only on Christmas Eve, although I could eat it several times a year! A lot of Danes also eat roast pork or goose.

Roast duck with caramel potatos and prunes

Roast duck with caramel potatoes and prunes

Risalamande with hot cherry sauce

Risalamande with hot cherry sauce

STEWED CABBAGE WITH CINNAMON

What we call them: Stuvet hvidkål

When we eat it: Only in Northern and Southern Jutland I think, and it’s common to eat it on the 25th or 26th of December.

Danish Christmas food

Boiled pork and sausage

Boiled pork and sausage

Danish Christmas food

What’s your favorite Christmas dish?

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