Comfort Foods to Inspire Nordic Hygge

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As winter sets in, there’s nothing more satisfying than creating cozy, hearty comfort food meals to keep your toes warm and the chill outside. And no one knows better about wintry and chilly days than Scandinavian residents. Who ingeniously keep alive a beautiful lifestyle called “hygge.”

This Danish concept simply means, “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

The idea of comfort food and cozy living isn’t only Scandinavian, however. This universal concept of cozy living in winter is universal. The Scots call it còsagach, and Japan has a related concept called “ikigai.”

Nestle in, grab a cup of hot chocolate, sit by the fire and peruse these delightfully delicious, authentic Nordic Hygge recipes.

What is Hygge

Author Signe Johansen says hygge is about the simple life. It’s “a Danish/Norwegian word that translates as a feeling of cosiness, hygee can also mean kinship and conviviality…”
Read more about hygge here…

How to Adopt Nordic Hygge and Cozy Up Your Home

Hygee Books and Cookbooks

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Comfort Foods to Inspire Nordic Hygge | 31Daily.com

Comfort Foods to Inspire Nordic Hygge

The Danish word (pronounced hoo-gah) describes a simple and easy life. (Read more about hygge here). Pleasures are found in the ordinary… in the everyday living. In cozy comfort foods and meaningful relationships. We’ve gathered some authentically delicious ideas to bring hygge home this winter.

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Pickle and Dill Creme Fraiche

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A Scandinavian inspired meal, perfect all winter long.
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Danish Steamed Sugarloaf Cabbage with Lemon and Burnt Butter

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“Who knew that popping cabbage in a frying pan and half burning it could be so delicious!”
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Danish Split Pea Soup with Dill

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“Simple and tasty vegan recipe for Danish split pea soup with dill! A bowl full of healthy and hearty ingredients!”
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Scandinavian Cinnamon Rolls (Kanelbullar)

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“In Stockholm, I discovered my love for kanelbullar, aka Swedish cinnamon buns. Before my trip, I had only ever tasted kanelbullar at Ikea… Unsurprisingly, the authentic Swedish cinnamon buns in Stockholm were infinitely better than the Ikea version. Kanelbullar are more cousin than sibling to American cinnamon rolls. They’re not as gooey or rich and never have icing; instead, they’re made with loads of cardamom and cinnamon, and flecked with pearl sugar or sliced almonds.”
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Smoked Trout Nordic Toasts

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“Hygge is all about staying in, getting comfy and making your own meals, so a homemade lunch is essential. Smørrebrød, a Danish open-faced sandwich, is often topped with smoked fish and other homemade treats, like pickled cabbage and beets. This light and refreshing option pairs well with earthy squash soups.”
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Grilled Pork Belly with Parsley Sauce (Stegt Flæsk Med Persillesovs)

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“The Danish people recently voted stegt flæsk the national dish of Denmark in a country-wide survey. Pork belly is grilled or fried until very crisp, and served with potatoes and a rich white sauce loaded with fresh parsley. It’s a bit like a big plate of pork crackling and for many Danes, it is the ultimate childhood memory of comfort food.”
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Hen’s Soup with Double Dumplings (Hønsekødssuppe)

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“There is a lovely relationship between many classic Danish dishes. When a chicken is boiled to make stock, the meat of the bird is often used for creamy chicken and asparagus tartlets, while the broth is turned into this delicious chicken soup with both pork and dough dumplings. While we used some of the locally available baby vegetables in this soup, it is just as delicious served with the vegetables used to make the stock.”
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Norwegian Porridge (Risgrøt)

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“A delicious breakfast treat! This Norwegian porridge recipe is creamy, salty and sweet and is served with a sprinkle of cinnamon and dried cranberries on top.”
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Nordic Oats with Pumpkin Seed Oil

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“Slow down and watch the curls of steam rise from steel-cut oatmeal topped with a Nordic favorite, buttermilk. This is a nourishing breakfast to start a hygge-filled winter’s day.”
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Danish Rye Bread (RUGBRØD)

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“This is a recipe for probably the most famous type of bread in Denmark. Rye bread or Rugbrød as it is called in Danish, is a type of bread which is packed with different seeds, grains and cracked rye and is, therefore, a very healthy alternative to regular white bread.”
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Swedish Pancakes

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“If delicate French crepes and fluffy American flapjacks had a baby, it would taste something like this recipe for Swedish pancakes. And there’s no need for syrup, because they’re layered with jam (and absolutely delightful).”
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Nordic Hot Chocolate

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“Nowadays I don’t like my hot chocolate too sweet, instead I want a rich chocolate-y taste, which is why I’ve added some real chocolate to the recipe. The key to success is to add just a pinch of sea salt – it helps making the chocolate drink to something extraordinary.”
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Cardamom Crumble Shortbread Squares

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“Sweet and savoury cardamom lends its complex, exotic taste to these shortbread squares filled with cherries, blueberries and blackberries. They’re a perfect match with a cup of coffee.”
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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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