This month has been more difficult than past months though due to Danish food not being particularly common in the United States. Most of my google searches turned up Æbleskiver and Smørrebrød. So I decided to buy a Danish cookbook. I bought the kindle version of Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes. It is a great little book filled with family anecdotes and family recipes from the author Sidsel Munkholm. (And if you have Amazon's Kindle Unlimited, it's included in your subscription!) She also has a useful index of the recipes with their english and Danish translations. Last week I made a Danish pork roast with crackling, Flæskesteg. It was a really easy recipe and very delicious! Actually, I made a few mistakes and it was still delicious!
Flæskesteg - Danish Pork Roast with Crackling
This recipe is so easy you may be wondering how I could mess it up. Well, I was out of kosher salt when I thought I had it. So I used my coarse Himalayan salt. But this was a mistake because it made the roast a little salty (you can see the clumps of salt in the picture below). Kosher salt is better for this recipe because it is flakier and will dissolve better. My second mistake was that I accidentally cut down to the meat instead of just before the meat. To get the crackling perfect, you cut grooves along the top where the skin is, but you don't want to cut the meat. Well, I did that. Next, I didn't have all my skin directly face up. This made it so one of my cracklings was not crunchy at all because it had soaked up the juices from the bottom of the pan. But despite all these failings, this roast turned out so delicious and juicy. My 3 year old son was even asking for seconds. And my husband was devouring it.
I hope that you are able to try this deliciously simple recipe. It's really so good! I'm thinking of making it soon. Let us know if you try it out.