Since I have been living in Denmark for a while, while shopping, I would always catch myself thinking why don’t Danes have as large assortment of various foods as my homeland Lithuania does, even though residents in my homeland have relative smaller amount to spend on food than neighbors on the other side of the Baltic sea do. The answer to my question is relatively simple: Danes like their rugbrød, kartofler with frikadeller and brown sauce and, to be honest, they do not even want to try anything else since they have already found their bests.
Welcome to the Danish culture and Danish kitchen!.. Without a doubt Danes do have a point in their saying about frikadeller, kartofler and a brown sauce. They are yummy, aromatic and fulfilling. Danish kitchen is not extremely vibrant and exotic (well, at least to my relatively-Nordic eye), but it majority of things are delicious indeed. One of the most simple and delicious Danish dishes are grøntsagstærte - or directly translated, vegetable tart – and one of my favorite ones are with broccoli, as broccoli is said to be the healthiest vegetable on Earth. If you want to know Danes and their kitchen better, we are suggesting you to try an easy-to-prepare mild broccoli and egg tart. If you do not like broccoli, you are free to try using asparagus, leek or paprika instead.
- Danish tart dough (Butterdej)
- 4 eggs
- 1 tomato
- 1 broccoli
- some fresh basil leafs
- spices (up to your taste)
Cut broccoli is pieces and boil it in a salted water for about 15 minutes until it becomes relatively soft. Meanwhile, take a cooking pan and put the dough in it, making a nice “cup” for the other ingredients. Beat the eggs together with spices (pepper, salt and paprika). When the broccoli is cooked, take it out of the pot and put it in the egg mixture. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cut tomato, add it to the egg and broccoli mixture and pour it into the dough “cup”. Bake for 15-20 minutes til the dough becomes crispy. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with tzatziki (i.e. natural Greek yogurt with cucumbers and garlic) or fresh salad.
..and make sure you invite your international friends to get to know the dish – and Danish friends to evaluate the quality and yumminess of it! ;) Enjoy!