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Stegt flæsk IPA [stɛkt flɛsk] is a dish of fried bacon from Denmark that is generally served with potatoes and a parsley sauce (med persillesovs). The dish is sometimes translated as pork strips or crisp fried pork slices. The pork belly or "breast" cut of a pig is used for stegt flæsk and the strips are cut about a 1/2 inch thick.
In Danish cuisine
Stegt flæsk is one of Denmark's most popular foodstuffs and has been described as "a dish of pork fat, and only pork fat, in parsley sauce. Mmmm." An "alternative guide to Denmark" from the British broadcaster BBC described stegt flæsk med persillesovs as fried slices of pork with fat served with parsley sauce and boiled potatoes.
Stegt means fried and flæsk a cut of pork often translated to English as bacon, but sometimes more generally as pork. Stegt flæsk is included in The Art of Danish Cooking by Nika Standen Hazelton where it is translated as bacon with parsley sauce and Scandinavian Cooking by Elizabeth Craig. Flæsk is also translated as bacon in older language guides. The main difference is that flæsk will never be sold smoked, and often not salted either. By contrast, anything marketed as 'bacon' in Denmark invariably will be both smoked and salted.
Bacon and cuts of pork are also used in other dishes in Denmark. Flæskesteg is roast pork with cracklings, potato, and red cabbage. Flæskeæggekage is a scrambled egg dish with bacon. Leverpostej or liver pate is made up of chopped pig's liver and fat, chopped onions, milk, eggs and flour then baked in the oven and eaten with rye bread. Stegt medister is a thick sausage of minced pig meat and fat, spices and chopped onion, prepared by pan frying. The BBC noted that Danish food is not limited to just pig meat and pastries, but that "it would be fair to say they feature heavily in the diets of Denmark's citizens." An instructional video for cooking stegt flæsk on a ceramic grill was featured on KamadoTV.
In Danish culture
Jimi and René, a musical duo from Denmark, recorded a song on their Volume Four To Som Os album called "stegt flæsk med persillesovs". Tobias Trier, a Danish singer-songwriter, has also sung about the dish. KiMs, a leading Danish potato chips producer even made a stegt flæsk flavoured potato chip (now discontinued).
- Branislava Vladisavljevic Lonely Planet Western Europe Phrasebook page 4 Lonely Planet Phrasebooks Edition: 4, illustrated Lonely Planet, 2007 ISBN 1-74104-059-0, ISBN 978-1-74104-059-3 456 pages
- Andrew Stone, Carolyn Bain, Michael Booth, Fran Parnell  page 49 and page 53 Denmark Edition: 5, illustrated 2008, Lonely Planet ISBN 1-74104-669-6, ISBN 978-1-74104-669-4 364 pages
- "And for those who haven't had enough of old Porky Pig, the Danes also like stegt medister, a thick sausage with minced pig meat and fat, spices and chopped onion, fried on the frying pan. Figures for heart disease in Denmark were not available." The alternative guide to Denmark: Dish of the day What do we really know about the 16 nations taking part in Euro 2004? May 24, 2004 BBC Sport
- Nika Standen Hazelton The Art of Danish Cooking Page 123 1964 Doubleday 240 pages
- Elizabeth Craig Scandinavian cooking 1958 Deutsch/ Indiana University 351 pages
- New Guide to Conversations in Danish and English 1882 246 pages
- "Fried pork with parsley and potatoes is simply been the Danes' national law when they go to the polls." Fried pork is the preferred menu choice November 16, 2007 DR Nyheder / Penge translated
- Stegt flæsk with apple compote January 19, 2007 Nordjyske
- KamadoTV stegt flaesk video
- Jimi and René history
- video recording
- Dennis Drejer Trier-legacy is assured November 21, 2006 B.T.
- Kim's stegt flæsk chips commercial (2007)
- Current list of KiMs products