Brændende Kærlighed Recipe

Brændende kærlighed is a traditional danish meal. Directly translated brændende kærlighed means “burning love”, which both can refer to strong and intense love but also love in crisis – the love is burning. Whether the recipe refers to that feeling, or a Danish movie by the same name or a house plant also using the name is unknown.

Here you get the recipe for brændende kærlighed!

brændende kærlighed recipe

Traditional brændende kærlighed recipe

It's so purely traditional and original this recipe. But you can also make brændende kærlighed with sausages – is something I have heard, but not tried – also without meat, without mashed potatoes, low in fat or with fish. But here you get the traditional brændende kærlighed recipe.
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people


  • 1 kg Floured potatoes e.g. baked potatoes
  • 500 g bacon not sliced
  • 2 onions
  • 75 g butter
  • 1 dl milk
  • Salt and pepper


  • Peel the potatoes, cut them into smaller pieces, and cook them tender.
  • Meanwhile, cut the bacon into small cubes.
  • Peel the onions and cut them into rings.
  • Fry the bacon on a dry pan until crisp.
  • Take them out of the pan and fry the onion rings in the remaining fat until they have golden color.
  • Put the bacon back in the pan, add 50 g butter (can be omitted) and let it melt over low heat.
  • Pour the water from the boiled potatoes, and mash them and whip them with 25 gram of butter and the milk.
  • Season the mash with salt and pepper.


The mashed potatoes are served with pork cubes and onion rings as well as possibly. melted butter poured over. Serve if you like with green sprinkles – chives, parsley, dill, or whatever you like – and beets.

Without meat – the vegetarian variant of brændende kærlighed

It may sound strange to your ears, but I have tried it and it tastes great. Here, all the bacon is replaced with mushrooms and carrots. The court may season with coarse-grained mustard, which gives extra bite to the meal.

Also, see other traditional danish recipes like pariserbøf and frikadeller here.

brændende kærlighed recipe

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