Danish “burger”

Danish “burger”

Pariser bøf

Scandinavian Comfort Food
Columbus Leth

Despite its name, this has nothing to do with Paris, but is a classic Danish open sandwich, or smørrebrød, and is very popular in lunch restaurants. It’s often served with an egg, but I like my Pariser bøf with a twist, so serve it with spinach and my apple relish, but it has to have spicy horseradish to give it a punch.


Quantity Ingredient
360g beef, minced
200g spinach
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon capers
2 slices sourdough or other white bread
apple relish
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the apple relish

Quantity Ingredient
2kg apples, unpeeled
200g caster sugar
100ml apple cider vinegar
2 small red chillies
10 cardamom pods
8 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon mustard seeds

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
cold beer


  1. Form 2 burgers from the minced (ground) beef and sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tbsp of the butter in a frying pan and fry the burgers on both sides until medium rare, or more cooked if you like.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the spinach in cold water several times until clean, then drain well. Melt half the remaining butter and cook the capers for 2–3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve, then add the spinach and let it wilt.
  3. Now melt the remaining butter in a separate frying pan, add the bread and fry on both sides until golden brown. (Alternatively, you can toast the bread in a toaster instead.)
  4. To assemble the open sandwich, place the fried or toasted bread on two plates and arrange the spinach on each. Add a burger to each and top with the apple relish, chopped onion, reserved capers and grated horseradish. Sprinkle with pepper and serve right away with the cold beer.

    Cut the apples into cubes, with the skin on. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Transfer to sterilized jars and store in the refrigerator.
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