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Caramelised potatoes

Caramelised potatoes

No traditional Danish Christmas dinner is complete without a dish of small, caramelised potatoes or brunede kartofler as we call them in Danish.

The tradition of sugar-brown potatoes on the side to pork or duck on Christmas Eve dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time, however, it was not potatoes but chestnuts that were browned in sugar. The problem was that chestnuts were expensive, and in the middle of the 19th century, poor people decided to replace the expensive chestnuts with the somewhat cheaper potatoes that we know today. 

In most Danish homes, the caramelised potatoes are supplemented with peeled, boiled potatoes though they are not as popular as their caramelised counterparts.