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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

Ham and Cabbage Recipe

Here’s a big money saving tip for you, go grocery shopping is right after a major ethnic or religious holiday because the holiday food that was spendy before the holiday is on super sale!

That’s how Husband and I ended up with an entire spiral sliced ham. It was a cheaper than the turkey ham (turkey cured with ham spices) that is one quarter of its size that we normally buy.

One of the things I like about ham is that the leftovers are so versatile. I watched my foodie aunt whip up this meal one day when she was short on time and long on ham leftovers. This is my interpretation of how I remember her making ham and cabbage.

Since this is a cooking with leftovers recipe, the amounts do not have to be exact. The idea is to use up what you have languishing in the refrigerator before it goes bad.

Ham and Cabbage and Noodles Recipe


Drizzle of light oil (olive, canola, peanut, vegetable – whatever you have on hand and floats your boat)
1 chopped onion
3-4 cloves chopped/minced garlic (or more or less depending upon how much you like or dislike garlic)
1 head shredded cabbage
4-6 cups of cubed/sliced into small strips ham (or less. Or more. The idea is to use whatever leftovers you have on hand.)
Salt and pepper to taste
Egg noodles (whole wheat egg noodles or white. Again, use what you have on hand.)

Make it

1. Coat the bottom of a sauté pan with the light oil.

2. Saute the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes to flavor the oil over medium heat.

3. Thoroughly mix the cabbage and ham into the oil mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until the cabbage is translucent but not mushy because nobody likes mushy cabbage.

5. Serve the ham and cabbage over egg noodles and enjoy!

Ham and cabbage is one of my favorite quick cooking with leftovers meals. Ham and cabbage and noodles can also be a feeds an army on the cheap (or feeds one bottomless pit teenage boy while allowing the rest of the family to have a helping) meal too.    

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Unknown said…
I love your tip about shopping after a big holiday. What a great way to get good deals. I will remember that! This recipe sounds like a great way to use some leftovers.

Thank you for linking this recipe up at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com
Good idea, sounds great........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

Unknown said…
Thanks! I'm always looking for ways to use leftovers. I actually have a portion of ham leftover from Easter now and that's after making ham salad for lunches! Thank you for sharing your recipe at the Shady Porch. Hope to see more of your recipes in the future too! Blessings, D
Teresa B said…
Sounds delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.
This sounds like cozy comfort food with a healthy twist!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope your week is going fabulous!