Danish Caramelised Potatoes

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Sugar Browned Potatoes or Brunede Kartofler is a traditional Danish side dish, most often served as part of a meal on Christmas Eve. I'll admit I'm not Danish, so my recipe may not be 100% authentic, but it's a delicious side dish that would be welcome on any table. Best of all, it only needs three ingredients and the potatoes can be boiled the day before if you have a hectic day of hosting coming up!

Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients

  • 1kg (approx) of small potatoes. I've used Maris Peer but other varieties will do too.
  • 130g of sugar.
  • 25g of butter.

This recipe is very forgiving so don't worry if you're estimating the weights.

Step 2: Boil and Peel the Potatoes

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes for around 15 minutes. You want them to be soft but not soft enough to fall about. Once cooked, drain and leave to cool.

Once cool, peel the skins off the potatoes using a small knife.

Step 3: Make the Caramel

In a large pan, add the sugar and shake the pan until it is evenly distributed. Turn the heat to medium and wait for the sugar to melt and darken. Take care not to start it off too hot as you could burn the sugar.

Once melted, add the butter and stir. Increase the heat and then add the potatoes. Keep stirring the potatoes for around 5-7 minutes until evenly coated in the caramel mixture and warmed through.

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    offseid

    17 days ago

    Super thumbs up from me. Simple and looks delicious! Well done.

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    alskentMatlek

    Reply 16 days ago

    Let me know how it goes!

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    18 days ago

    I may have to give this a try; I do like sweet things!

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    kitchenrat

    4 weeks ago

    Seriously, potatoes, butter and sugar. Does it get any better? Give this person the prize and move on. :-)

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    flemse

    4 weeks ago

    Also dane here.
    The recipe is good and in denmark we can also get preboiled potatoes in a jar. They are easy to use for this.

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    alskentflemse

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I think the closest we get in the UK is a tin of potatoes. Do your potatoes come pre-peeled in the jar? I think ours still have the skins on.

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    flemsealskent

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Hi they come like this
    we just drain them and let them dry a bit before using

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    kode1303

    4 weeks ago on Step 3

    As a Dane I will say “spot on”. I will also say that if you use pre boiled potatoes you will get tje best result. The sugar sticks better on a boiled potato :-)

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    alskentkode1303

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Great - I'm so pleased to hear it's accurate!