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Flæskesteg – Danish Roast Pork

Flæskesteg is a glorious roast pork dish typically served on Christmas Eve in Denmark, but also makes for a great dinner party centerpiece on any ordinary night.
By Jessica Dang

Flæskesteg - Danish Roast Pork

Flæskesteg – Danish Roast Pork
 
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Flæskesteg is a glorious roast pork dish typically served on Christmas Eve in Denmark.
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Recipe Type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 5-lb. slab of pork tenderloin, with rind and fat intact
  • Dried bay leaves
  • Whole cloves
  • Sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. Pat the pork dry. With a sharp knife, cut ½-inch incisions into the rind and halfway down the fat.
  3. In a small bowl, mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of good sea salt with a teaspoon of dried cloves so that the aroma infuses. Rub the mixture all over the pork. Finish it with a light shower of freshly cracked black pepper.
  4. Insert a few bay leaves here and there into the cuts. You can also stud the pork with a few more cloves, if you like.
  5. Roast the pork at 450 for 30 minutes. Best part is seeing the crisping in process.
  6. After 30 minutes, lower the heat to 350 degrees and add 3 cups of boiling water to the roasting pan. Cook for an additional hour or until done to your likeness.
  7. Let the pork rest for 10 minutes inside the oven.
  8. Serve with Dijon mustard, boiled and buttered potatoes, pickles, and beets.
Jessica Dang

Jessica Dang

Jessica Dang is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media consultant based in New York City. She is currently developing Single Girl Dinner, an online community and resource of dinner ideas for young independent women living in the city. She enjoys reading menus, dining at the bar, and experimenting in the kitchen when no one's looking. When it comes to food, she can't resist uni, foie gras, caviar, or Popeyes' fried chicken.

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Originally Published: April 17, 2013

6 Responses to Flæskesteg – Danish Roast Pork

  1. sys Reply

    September 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Can you please tell me where to buy a flaeskeg in Manhattan? Thanks. Sys

  2. Fran Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Sys,

    The only place I know to get one is at the Danish Church in Brooklyn. They have a Christmas Festival every year and sell all types of foods, including meat. This year, 2013, the festival is November 23-24. The church is on 102 Willow Street in Brooklyn.

  3. Jessica Dang

    Jessica Dang Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Sys, I ordered the pork from Ottomanelli Brothers. I requested to have the rind on the pork tenderloin. The only thing is that they require a 15 lb. minimum so I ended up with three 5-lb. slabs.

  4. Peter Hansen Reply

    November 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I finally found mine at Adam’s Farm, Athol, MA.

    Besides, in Denmark Flaeskesteg is served with red cabbage, gravy made from the drippings, and caramelized potatoes.

    Peter Hansen, Holden, MA

  5. Kaelea Ann Reply

    December 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    My sweet Danish girlfriend made this for me the other night. She got hers from the Meat Hook in WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn. Since the butcher wasn’t familiar she requested the breast/belly with everything including the ribs and skin.

    Ohhhh it was delicious!

  6. Scentsy Katie Reply

    December 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    This is the first Christmas I won’t have my Danish relatives cooking a traditional dinner, so I appreciate the tips on how to make a traditional Danish Roast. Heading to the kitchen now. :)

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