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Place of origin Denmark and Germany
Main ingredients Potato starch, red summer berries, black cherries, sugar
Cookbook: Rødgrød  Media: Rødgrød

Rødgrød (Danish: [ˈʁœðˀɡʁœðˀ]), Rote Grütze (German: [ˈʁoːtə ˈɡʁʏtsə]), or Rode Grütt (Low German: [ˈroʊdə ˈɡrʏt]), all meaning "red groats", is a sweet fruit dish from Denmark and Germany.

The name of the dish in Danish features many of the elements that make Danish pronunciation difficult for non-native speakers, so About this sound  rødgrød med fløde   ("red groats with cream") is thus a commonly used shibboleth.

Traditional preparation[edit]

German Rote Grütze (″Hamburg style″ with vanilla sauce)

Rødgrød or Rote Grütze was traditionally made of groat or grit, as revealed by the second component of the name in Danish, German, or Low German.[1][2] Semolina and sago are still used in some family recipes; potato starch is today the standard choice to achieve a creamy to pudding-like starch gelatinization. The essential ingredients that justify the adjective are red summer berries such as redcurrant, blackcurrant, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, bilberries and stoned black cherries. The essential flavour can be achieved with redcurrant alone; a small amount of blackcurrant will add variety; sugar is used to intensify the flavour. The amounts of starch, sago, semolina differ with the solidity desired; 20 to 60 grams on a kilogram or liter of the recipe are usual; sago, groat or grit have to soak before they can be used.

The preparation is basically that of a pudding: The fruits are cooked briefly with sugar. The mass should cool down for a moment so that the starch—dissolved in fruit juice or water—can be stirred into it without clumping. A second cooking process of one to two minutes is needed to start the gelatinization; remaining streaks of white starch have to clear up in this process.

Rødgrød or Rote Grütze is served hot or cold as a dessert with milk, a mixture of milk and vanilla sugar, vanilla sauce, (whipped) cream, vanilla ice cream, or custard to balance the refreshing taste of the fruit acids.


Grønnegrød with vanilla ice cream (supermarket product of Denmark)

There are several modern variants of Rødgrød, known mostly in Germany: Grüne Grütze, the green variant, is made from gooseberries and pieplant in combination with kiwifruit and apples. In Denmark, a similar dish is more known as stikkelsbærgrød (gooseberry jelly). To make Blaue Grütze, the blue variant, Blackberries, blueberries, plums, blackcurrant, and grapes are usually used. Gelbe Grütze consists of peaches, yellow gooseberries, bananas, gold kiwifruit, or other yellow fruits.

Kissel known in Poland, parts of Russia, the Baltic States, Finland and Ukraine is similar to Rødgrød.

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