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Scandinavian fry-up

Perfect leftover food served in most Nordic countries

Scandinavian fry-up or pytt i panne is leftover food eaten in Norway along with Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

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The dish is quite similarly prepared but the Danes, as they do with another dish the countries have in common, rice cream, chooses a more flamboyant direction. They serve their leftovers with French refinement, sauce béarnaise.

A more relaxed way is to serve the fry-up with fried eggs and pickled cucumbers or beets. Apart from that you need a few potatoes, carrots, onion and some left-over meat, to form the basis. Add to that whatever you may have in your fridge such as brussels sprouts or mushrooms and a splash of HP-sauce. Fry for a good half an hour, at least, until the vegetables are soft but start to crispen up on the outside.

Pytt i panne or Scandinavian fry-up

Pytt i panne or Scandinavian fry-up.

Scandinavian fry-up (makes 2)

1 onion
frying oil
2 carrots
4 big potatoes (raw or boiled)
left-over sausages
salt and pepper
2 tbsp HP-sauce
a handful flat-leaf parsley
pickled cucumbers or beets
2 eggs

1. Peel the onion and finely chop. Fry gently for 5 minutes in a wide frying pan.
2. Peel the carrots and potatoes and cut in cubes. Fry for 20 minutes while stir once in a while. If you use leftover potatoes, wait until the sausages.
3. Now add the sausages, also cut in cubes, for at 15 minutes.
4. Season with salt and pepper and add a splash of HP-sauce and finely chopped parsley.
5. Serve with fried eggs, pickled vegetables and crusty bread.