Stegt Flæsk med Persillesovs

Stegt flæsk med persillesovs (crispy pork belly with parsley sauce) is a classic Danish beloved comfort food and a staple in Danish cuisine, often enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.

 

To prepare stegt flæsk, thick slices of pork belly with the skin still attached are first boiled until tender. The pork belly is then fried until crispy and golden brown on both sides, resulting in succulent and flavorful pork with a crispy crackling exterior. The crackling, known as "flæskesvær" in Danish, is a highly prized part of this dish and adds a delightful crunch to the overall texture.

 

The accompanying sauce, persillesovs, is a creamy and savory parsley sauce made from a roux-based mixture of butter, flour, and milk or cream, flavored with chopped fresh parsley. The sauce adds a smooth and velvety element to the dish, complementing the richness of the fried pork belly.

 

Stegt flæsk med persillesovs is typically served with boiled potatoes and sometimes additional side dishes like pickled beets or red cabbage. The combination of tender, savory pork belly with crispy crackling and the creamy parsley sauce creates a comforting and satisfying meal that resonates with Danish culinary heritage.

 

This dish is a beloved part of Danish gastronomy, cherished for its simplicity, rich flavors, and association with traditional Danish home cooking. It is often found in restaurants, especially those specializing in traditional Danish cuisine, as well as being prepared and enjoyed in many Danish households as a treasured family recipe.

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