Northern European cuisines

Agurk Salat – Danish Pickled Cucumber Salad


These pickles are served as side dish on a lot of Danish lunch dishes and as topping on smørrebrød.

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Apple Sauce


Apple sauce is inexpensive and is widely used. It can be substituted for fat (e.g. butter or oil) in baking.

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Bacon and Cabbage


Bacon and cabbage is a dish traditionally associated with Ireland. The dish consists of unsliced bacon boiled with cabbage and potatoes. Sometimes other vegetables such as turnips, onions and carrots are also added. Smoked bacon is sometimes used.

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Bacon Sandwich


A bacon sandwich (also known in the United Kingdom, and New Zealand as a bacon butty or bacon sarnie, rasher sandwich in Ireland, and as a bacon sanger or piece ‘n bacon in Scotland) is a sandwich of cooked bacon and butter, often including ketchup or brown sauce, and usually served hot.

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Bakewell Pudding


It is so easy to make a Bakewell pudding. The pudding makes a delicious dessert and though it can be eaten as an afternoon treat, usually that will be a Bakewell Tart. Serve the pudding hot or slightly warm to enjoy the full almond flavour.

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Bangers and Mash (aka Sausage and Mash)


Bangers and Mash is the familiar term for Sausage and Mash, a favourite British and Irish dish. Bangers and Mash is quick and easy to make, and also makes a cheap yet very substantial meal.

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Bath Buns


The Bath bun is a sweet roll made from a milk-based yeast dough with crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking. Variations in ingredients include enclosing a lump of sugar in the bun or adding candied fruit peel, currants, raisins or sultanas.

The change from a light, shaped bun to a heavier, often fruited or …

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Bergensk Fiskesuppe – Bergen Fish Soup with Fish Dumplings


Bergen fish soup is a velvety mix of cream, fish, and root vegetables that is lifted with sugar and vinegar. The trick with this soup is to taste as you go along to get the right balance of sweetness and sourness.

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Biksemad – Danish Hash


Biksemad is a very traditional Danish dish and one that merchant sailors love to make when they come off night watch and want a quick easy hot meal. It is so simple and a great recipe for re-cycling left over roasts etc.

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Blue Cheese Dressing


Buttermilk and blue cheese combine to make a mayonnaise that is perfectly paired with your next lettuce salad.

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Boxty – Irish Potato Pancake


Most cultures have some version of potato cakes. Traditional Irish boxty potato cakes use both fresh potatoes and leftover mashed potatoes.

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Brandy Butter


Brandy butter and rum butter are particularly associated with the Christmas and New Year season and Christmas pudding and warm mince pies, serving as a seasonal alternative to cream, ice cream or custard.

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Bread Sauce


A warm or cold sauce thickened with bread. It is a savoury sauce served with a main meal.

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Brúnaðar Kartöflur – Caramelised Potatoes


A classic side dish in Iceland, these butter-and-sugar-glazed potatoes are ubiquitous on many Icelandic Christmastime tables and are traditionally considered a delightful addition to a roasted shoulder of lamb.

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Cauliflower Cheese


Cauliflower cheese consists of pieces of cauliflower lightly boiled and covered with a milk-based cheese sauce.

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