VIDEO: How to make Danish Christmas roast pork

Spending Christmas away from Denmark this year? Here’s one way to bring Danish Christmas with you.

VIDEO: How to make Danish Christmas roast pork
Photo: Ester Rose Wadsworth

Many of us who have moved in Denmark have tasted and grown to love Danish Christmas food, but perhaps haven’t seen or learned how to make it.

Roast pork, or, as it’s better known, flæskesteg, is served with the rind; it’s actually the big deal about this dish.


Recipe: Danish roast pork with crackling (flæskesteg)


Boneless pork roast, with the rind
Course salt
Bay leaves
Pepper (optional)


1. Start by slicing deep grooves in the rind (5mm or 1/5 inches apart). These grooves should be deep but not all the way down to the meat.

2. Pour a little water over the roast.

3. Sprinkle salt on and between the grooves in the rind (the salt helps the skin to get extra crisp).

4. Place bay leaves in between the grooves.

5. Put the roast in the oven on 225°C/440°F for 15 minutes.

6. Turn down to 200°C/400°F until the core temperature is 65°C/149°F. This is to make the rind crispy. 

A 1.5kg/3.3lb roast takes around 90 minutes to cook. 

7. When it is done, take it out of the oven and let it rest for 15 min.

8. Cut the roast in slices along the grooves in the rind.

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Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

A significant increase in families have sought Christmas help from the Danish Red Cross compared to last winter.

Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

Higher process for food, electricity, gas and fuel are being felt by vulnerable families in Denmark, driving more to apply for Christmas packages offered by the Red Cross, broadcaster DR writes.

The NGO said in a statement that more people than ever before have applied for its Christmas help or julehjælp assistance for vulnerable families.

While 15,000 people applied for the charity last year, the number has already reached 20,000 in 2022.

“We are in an extraordinary situation this year where a lot more people have to account for every single krone to make their finances work,” Danish Red Cross general secretary Anders Ladekarl said in the press statement.

“For many more, their finances no longer work, and this is unfortunately reflected by these numbers,” he said.

The Red Cross Christmas assistance consists of a voucher worth 900 kroner redeemable at Coop stores or, in some stores, a hamper consisting of products.

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