* Vegetarian version at bottom of page.
Danes are known for eating well. Not much was wasted on a farm, and housewives often put together what they had on hand for a meal. Rye Bread was, and is, a staple, and there are many open face sandwiches which have Rye Bread as a base. I made another dish awhile back which employed cabbage and bacon (Brunkål med Flæsk) on top of a slice of Rye Bread, and this dish is just as good, but in a slightly different way.
While they are frying, cut up an onion into slices. I usually just cut the onion in half lengthwise and then slice it from there. Set aside, and wash, core and slice an apple.
|Note to self: Take stickers off apples before photo session.|
|Apples and onions, oh my. Yum.|
Remove the cooked bacon from the pan, set aside. Drain most of the bacon fat from the pan and reserve it for another use. Next add the apple and onions and let them cook together over low heat, until they soften, then turn the heat up a little, and finish cooking.
|Apples, onions and bacon in the pan.|
I like my apples and onions to get some color to them. I also like the bacon cooked together with the apple and onion Add the reserved bacon back into the pan, and cook for a few more minutes. Serve on a piece of good rye bread, the denser the better. This is a sandwich which is meant to be served open faced and eaten with a knife and fork.
|Looks good enough to eat. (and it disappeared minutes later)|
Go ahead and try this, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The smoky flavor of the bacon enhances the caramelized apples and onion and puts this over the top.
Recipe: Æbleflæsk Serves 2
6 Slices of bacon, 3 per person
1 apple, sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 slices Rye Bread, one per person.
Cook bacon til done. While this is cooking, peel the onion and slice the onion and the apple. Take bacon out of pan and place aside. Drain pan of most of the fat, leaving about 1-2 tsp. of bacon fat in the pan. Add in the onion and apple and cook until it has started to turn color, and caramelized a little. Add the bacon back into the pan and continue cooking. When the onions and apple are nice and browned, take out of pan and serve on a slice of rye bread. You can up the quantities depending on how many people you are serving.
* You can also make this vegetarian by omitting the bacon and cooking the onion and apple in some olive oil. Not only would it be meat free, it would also be a lot more heart healthy. I've done it like this many times. And apart from the tsp. of olive oil, it's also pretty fat free. Onions and apples aren't high in calories, and their health benefits prepared with olive oil, well, let's put it this way, it's all good for you that way.