Cozy up your days with these 10 delicious Hygge Comfort Foods. Hearty meals to keep your toes warm and the chill outside.
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 keeps 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 hygge 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…
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Hygge Comfort Foods
The Danish word (pronounced hoo-gah) describes a simple and easy life. (Read more about hygge here). Pleasures are found in the ordinary… in everyday living. In cozy comfort foods and meaningful relationships. We’ve gathered some authentically delicious ideas to bring hygge home this winter.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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).”