Danish Christmas dinner
The traditional Danish Christmas meal is roast pork, boiled potatoes, red cabbage and gravy, although in recent times roast duck and goose have become popular. For dessert, the classic dish is ris à l’amande; cold rice pudding with whipped cream, vanilla, almonds and hot cherry sauce, or ‘risengrød’ (hot rice pudding). A peeled almond is hidden in the dessert bowl and the lucky finder of the almond gets a present.
Most Danes will attend one or more Christmas lunches in December. Christmas lunches are a traditional way to extend Christmas celebrations out beyond the close family, to friends and colleagues, and to get Danes in the festive mood nice and early! Book your own Christmas lunch in Denmark - most hotels and restaurants offer special Christmas dishes on their menus and cater for festive groups. Menus might include traditional foods such as smoked salmon, herring or liverpâté with bacon and mushrooms. Wash it all down with a Christmas beer, a celebratory glass of wine or, if you're really brave, a shot of Christmas snaps.