|Place of origin||Denmark|
|Main ingredients||crackling, salt, pepper, bay leaves|
|Cookbook: Flæskesteg Media: Flæskesteg|
Flæskesteg, ['flɛːskə.stɐ̯j] the Danish version of roast pork, is considered to be one of Denmark's principal national dishes. Always prepared with crackling, it is also a favourite for the Danish Christmas dinner served as the evening meal on 24 December or Christmas Eve.
Pork has been a Danish favourite for centuries but it was after the Industrial Revolution in the 1860s when wood-fired ovens were introduced for use in the home that, in addition to sausages and hams, roast pork became a popular dish. From the beginning, joints were always cooked together with the rind in order to provide crackling. Ever since, this has remained a prerequisite for the dish.
The traditional method of preparation is to roast a joint of pork from the breast or neck without removing the rind. So as to obtain crispy crackling, a sharp knife should be used to cut the skin through to the meat in narrow strips. The skin is rubbed with salt, pepper is added, while bay leaves and optionally cloves are inserted into the cuts. The joint is then roasted in a hot oven. The dish is accompanied by both boiled potatoes and caramelized potatoes (brunede kartofler). These are specially prepared by melting sugar in a frying pan over strong heat, adding a clump of butter, and allowing a portion of small round peeled potatoes (available in cans) to bathe in the mixture until they become richly browned or caramelized. Red cabbage (rødkål), which can be bought in a jar or a can, is always included too. If the cabbage is prepared from scratch, sliced apples are often added. Many Danes consider the traditional recipe to be the one described by Frk. Jensen in her 1901 cookbook.
Flæskesteg med rødkål (roast pork with red cabbage) is also served cold on dark Danish rye bread as an open sandwich, known in Denmark as smørrebrød. The thin slice(s) of pork should of course be served with their crispy crackling. The sandwich may be decorated with red cabbage, prunes, a slice of orange and pickled cucumber. Gourmet chef Claus Meyer has come up with his own recipe for a flæskestegssandwich in a bun. He first prepares a mayonnaise mixed with Greek yogurt, coarsely  ground mustard, apple vinegar and honey. He then spreads it on both sides of a warm sliced organic bread bun, adds thin slices of apple and pickled gherkins. After adding a little drained heated red cabbage and thin slices of Danish flæskesteg, his final touch is to add strips of crackling so that each bite has a crunchy taste. This is a gourmet variant of the type of hot flæskestegssandwich in a burger bun available from many Danish hot dog stands and other fast food providers.
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