International Cuisine

Danish Buttered Ginger Beets – Rødbeder I Ingefærsauce

The English words in the title are ok, but the Danish ones are challenging. However, ask me about the dish and I will write about it – Thats what I told my
family when I made this. Buttered GIngered Beets –  a simple dish to make ahead for parties or potlucks. Non
vegetarians might love to have it along with grilled dish or chicken (which was
something that the original recipe told me :-)) And as
 for us, veggies at home
presented in a different format is what we were kicked about. 

The husband was mighty pleased with the presentation and the taste and said that all those years of watching Masterchef Australia on the telly have come handy. I was pretty happy myself as it involved a new technique of letting the veggies simmer in their own sauce and I could relate to Matt and George from the TV show when they said texture and additional elements add to the complexity of the dish. 


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From
Armenia’s Baba Ganoush to Brazilian Coffee Shots to Colombia’s Quinoa Avacodo
Salad
, today we visit Denmark. As always, a short history of the country and
some quick facts.  Denmark being a Nordic country, my only exposure to
Nordic country was through the TV series – Wallander. Intense, Dark, Stoic & Brilliant –
much like the weather I guess (not the brilliant part though :D). But given the fact that they have long winters, its no surprise that meats,whisky and hard
liquor are given preference during meal time. 

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Danish Flag


A family friend of mine mentioned
that while he was posted in Denmark and Norway, Supper (the last meal of the
day) would be as early as 5pm. I am trying to gather how people could eat that
early. but given the circumstances, guess the darkness envelopes you with a
rather dreary climate.

5 quick facts about Denmark’s cuisine before we
go on to today’s dish: (source – Wiki)

  • The cuisine of Denmark, like that of the other Nordic countries and
    of Northern
    Germany
    , consists mainly of
    meat and fish. This stems from the country’s agricultural past, its geography,
    and its climate of long, cold winters. 
  • With 145.9 kg (321.7 lb) of meat per person
    consumed in 2002, Denmark has the highest consumption of meat per person of any
    country in the world.
  • The open sandwiches, known as smørrebrød, which in their basic form are
    the usual fare for lunch, can be considered a national speciality when prepared
    and decorated with a variety of fine ingredients. 
  • Hot meals traditionally consist of ground meats, such as frikadeller (meat balls), or of more
    substantial meat and fish dishes such as flæskesteg (roast pork with
    crackling) or kogt torsk (poached cod) with mustard sauce and
    trimmings. 
  • Denmark is known for its Carlsberg andTuborg beers
    and for its akvavit and bitters although imported wine is now gaining popularity. (Can
    I hear the boys cheering now :-))

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Today’s dish, is a simple but hearty side dish of beets, ginger and
cornstarch, in a slightly poached form, simmered in its own juices. The jus (as the French would call it) is crucial, although there are some who would prefer it semi dry. But
I guess as its eaten with meat, the jus adds to the complexity of the
dish.. 


The only hitch was I didn’t have a picture of how this dish was
supposed to look but only a text recipe that I had bookmarked sometime ago. So
I looked around similar recipes and came up with something that pleased my
family.


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Country –
Denmark

Dish – Buttered Ginger Beets – Rødbeder I Ingefærsauce

Recipe
type – Vegetable / Side Dish

Difficulty
level
 – medium

Spice Level
Medium

Recipe
adapted from 
Here

Prep
 
10 mins
Cook time : 25 mins | Serves : 2

Serving
Suggestions :
With Roasted
meats or grilled paneer for a main course

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Ingredients:

  • Beetroot
    – 1 large or 2 medium
  • Salt
    – to taste
  • Ginger
    – 1.5 inch (grated)
  • Sugar
    – 2 TBSP (the recipe demanded ¼ cup)
  • Cornstarch
    – 1 tsp
  • Water
    – ½ cup
  • Unsweetened Orange
    juice – ½ cup ( I added a little short of this)
  • White
    pepper – ½ tsp (optional)
  • Vinegar
    – 2 TBSP
  • Parsley
    / micro herbs
      – to garnish,
  • Butter, of course – 2 tsp (increase slightly if required) – if you want to make it vegan, simply replace with olive oil (which I did when I made this the second time)

Method:

  1. Wash beets, boil in salted water and peel. Cut in bite-sized
    cubes or slightly thickish roundels (I prefer the latter)
  2. In a double boiler over hot water mix ginger, sugar, cornstarch,
    vinegar and water. Stir until smooth.
  3. Cook slowly to thicken, stirring frequently. Add cooked beets and
    butter. Add in orange juice and let it simmer a bit (about 2-3 mins). Add white pepper to finish.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.

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15 Comments

  1. That's an interesting way to serve beets!..will try them soon..

  2. Very different and interesting way to eat beets, lovely presentation Kalyani.

  3. Varada's Kitchen

    I tried this dish too but dropped it when I redid the meal. Nicely presented

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    So the beats are also cooked on a double boiler? Nice presentation.

  5. vaishali sabnani

    The beets look delicious. .like the orange in it will give it a lovely flavour. Love the presentation too.

  6. Very colorful and interesting Danish dish with beets. Lovely clicks.

  7. Chef Mireille

    a well written intro and whether authentic or not, love the way you presented it

  8. wow such an tempting and flavorful danish beets 🙂 very well presented and I wud love to finish the plate now !!

  9. Very interesting way to eat beets, Kalyani. Lovely presentation,

  10. Suma Gandlur

    Interesting way to cook beets but I guess it is an acquired taste. Sometime back I had tried cooking carrots the similar way and my kids wouldn't take the second bite. 🙁

  11. Love the way you write the intro for the post Kalyani.And this is such a beautiful dish!

  12. Gayathri Kumar

    Wonderfull presentation Kalyani. Masterchef Australia really inspires us so much. between, the beetroot with all the spices must have tasted awesome..

  13. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Very interesting recipe and a beautiful presentation kalyani!! Cooking in orange juice with all those herbs must give a different taste to the beets!!

  14. Wow Kalyani this is awesome. I love teh presentation and the flavours in heer. The orange juice must have given the beet an delicious flavour.

  15. Wow.. What a lovely way of eating those beetroots.. Yum.

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