My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 22 December (Rullepølse and sild)

Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar!  Join me every day in opening a new door.  Once again, I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!


Two sleeps to go!  No wonder we had the park completely to ourselves this morning for our run…’cos everyone else seems to be running around daft, getting ready for the big day! Even the dog walkers were doing their business elsewhere… 😉  You’ll remember that our park houses this building – Bernstorff Palace – these days known as the residence of Birgitte Nyborg, Denmark’s first female Prime Minister in the tv series “Borgen” …

But I digress!  Last year, in addition to making pebernødder (‘pepper nut’ biscuits), æbleskiver (Danish Christmas donuts) and konfekt (homemade sweets), I made my own rullepølse (‘rolled pork’)…  (Instructions for that are right here.)

Well, as my family from Scotland are arriving today (hooray!) and my DSD (Dear Scottish Dad) is mad about sild (herring), I’ve decided to surprise him and marinate my own herring this year.  I found this easy peasy DIY herring tin in a Swedish supermarket.

All I had to do was mix up a cold brine of sugar, vinegar and water.  Then open the tin, rinse the herrings and cut them into bite size pieces…

Finely sliced a red onion and crushed about 10 black peppercorns.

Layered the herring, onions peppercorns in a container (I have a dinky one from Tupperware that also has a draining function for when you take it to the table…) and poured over the brine.

Lid on, into the fridge for 24 hours and Bob’s your uncle! 🙂

Which will also give me time to get rid of the herring smell from my hands… 😛

I’ll serve the homemade marinated herring on ryebread and will top it, the traditional way, with egg mayonnaise.  Velbekomme!  And don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!

Diane :)