Roasts are having a real moment in my city right now. Brighton has seen burgers, burritos and craft beer, but the thing that really gets people talking is the good old Sunday roast. Whether you’re into chicken, beef, lamb, pork or a nice veggie roast, there’s no denying that this is the ultimate comfort meal. In this post, I look at some of the best Danish roast recipes for a lazy weekend filled with hygge, and I also offer you the chance to win your very own Morsø cookware for the ultimate Danish Sunday lunch.
Danish roast pork
If pork belly is your go-to choice, you need to know about flæskesteg, or Danish roast pork with crackling. It’s traditionally a Christmas dish, but it’s so simple and delicious that it can be eaten at any time of year. With a reassuringly short ingredient list (pork, salt, bay leaves), this is a super easy, super tasty roast that anyone can do. All you need to do is make sure you get salt deep into the grooves you cut in the pork rind to ensure it crisps up into delicious crackling. Serve it with roast potatoes, gravy and red cabbage.
Danish roast beef
Oh, I love Danish cooking. Nobody wants a list of obscure ingredients to pick up before they try a new recipes, so with just beef, garlic, peppercorns and salt needed for this Danish roast beef, it couldn’t be easier. This recipe recommends serving it with caramelised potatoes or Danish scalloped potatoes, but I’m sure it’s just as delicious with your usual Sunday vegetables. For a gorgeous glaze, just reduce the drippings while the beef is resting and you’re done!
Danish roast lamb
Here’s a nice summery recipes for the lamb fans! This herb-crusted spring lamb is cooked over a low heat, cooking it more evenly and retaining more of its juices than if it were roasted on a moderate heat. Any combination of parsley, rosemary, thyme and mint can be combined with garlic, breadcrumbs and butter for a really fresh flavour, which can be carried through into the gravy for a cohesive Sunday lunch.
Danish roast chicken
If chicken is your thing, try this grydestegt kylling (pot-roast chicken). This recipe calls for just five ingredients, and can be served with a rhubarb compote for a unique take on an apple sauce or mint jelly, and is nice and light for summer. I also love the crushed potatoes suggested on this page as an alternative to roast potatoes (not that anyone ever needs an alternative, but again, it might be a little bit lighter on a hot sticky Sunday.
Vegetarian roast alternative
Vegetarian roasts aren’t easy to come by in Denmark (though please let me know if you have any recipes!), but I did come across this nemme hversdagretter, or thyme and mushroom tart. This would go really well with traditional roast vegetables, and it’s another option if you want to avoid anything too heavy on a hot day. And of course, anything you don’t eat (you have better willpower than me if that’s the case), you can eat cold as leftovers. Yes please!
How to cook a great Danish roast
To get the juiciest roast, you’ll need the right equipment. In 2015, Danish stove designers Morsø launched their line of cast iron cookware. The iconic heavy-duty black products are already securing their spot as modern classics in Danish design, and are fast becoming renowned for their high quality and durability. Klaus Rath is the designer behind the cookware range, which includes everything from casserole dishes to frying pans and skillets. The cocottes in particular are ideal for anyone looking to kick their roast up a notch, and they’re spacious enough to let the meat sit horizontally to ensure it cooks evenly throughout.
That’s why I’m delighted to offer you the chance to win a Morsø 3.1L Griddle Cocotte worth £189! The griddle cocotte is the perfect piece of cookware if you want an extra-juicy roast – the ‘self-basting lid’ helps retain the juices during the cooking process, trapping the steam for something super succulent and bursting with flavour. The griddle lid can also be reversed and used to fry up a steak, making this a brilliantly multi-functional pot in true durable Danish design.
Entering couldn’t be simpler – simply click here to get started. You have until 30th June to enter, and I’ll contact the winner by email shortly after the closing date. Held og lykke (good luck!)