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
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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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‘Santa Claus can come to Denmark’: Health chief’s Christmas news for kids

The director of the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen), Søren Brostrøm, has taken to Twitter to reassure the public that Covid-19 restrictions won’t prevent Father Christmas from delivering gifts to Denmark.

'Santa Claus can come to Denmark': Health chief’s Christmas news for kids
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Brostrøm, who has become a recognisable figure in the country due to his consistent presence at government Covid-19 briefings, responded on social media after he said he was asked how Danish coronavirus rules would affect Santa Claus.

“A member of the public has written and asked whether I can give Santa an exemption from quarantine rules so he is free to travel to Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

“We all know he is busy on Christmas Eve delivering all the presents to the children, so it’s no good if he has to self-isolate for several days,” the health authority director continued.

“As all children (and adults) know, Santa Claus lives in Greenland! And because Greenland is part of the (Danish) kingdom, there are neither entry restrictions nor isolation requirements when he arrives in Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

Santa’s chosen means of travel also enables him to avoid Danish requirements to wear a face mask when using public transportation, the health director noted.

“If Santa – as I expect – travels with his own reindeer and sleigh, I would say he is exempted from the face mask requirement which applies on the plane from Greenland,” he wrote.

Should Father Christmas need a negative coronavirus test to be able to get home after delivering his presents, the Danish Health Authority will “help (him) to book an appointment at a test centre,” he concluded.

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