Rød pølse (Red sausage, listen (help·info)) is a type of brightly red, boiled pork sausage very common in Denmark. Since hot dog stands are ubiquitous in Denmark, some people regard røde pølser as one of the national dishes. They are made of the Vienna type and the skin is colored with a traditional red dye (carmine).
Scandinavian sausages are usually made of 60–80% finely ground pork, spiced with pepper, nutmeg, allspice or similar sweet spices (ground mustard seed, onions and sugar may also be added). Water, lard, pork rind, potato starch flour and soybean or milk protein are often added as fillers. Nearly all commercially available sausages are industrially precooked to be subsequently fried or heated in boiling water.
In Norway, sausages are most often served in white buns, or in a traditional flat bread. The sausages are grilled or warmed in hot water, and they are normally served with ketchup or mustard. An alternative condiment to the sausages may be mashed potatoes.
Legend has it, that it was once ordered that day-old sausages be dyed as a means of warning.
- Pølsevogn, Danish hot dog stands
- Pölsa is a similar-sounding word in Swedish, but the Swedish word for sausage is "korv".
- Hot dog is a similar sausage found in other parts of the world.
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