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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

Gourmet Potato Recipe

Every family has their favorite and special recipes. Fancy or comfort food, they never disappoint. They are always celebrated when served.

That's what happens when Husband's family gets together and his grandmother's gourmet potatoes are part of the meal. It was part of the first meal I ate when I met Husband's the extended family for the first time. I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about until I savored my first bite of oozy gooey cheesy comfort food. So good!



Eventually I moved on from girlfriend to wife. Shortly thereafter Mother in Law gave me a wonderful Christmas gift: a recipe box full of the Woods family recipes, including Grandma Woods gourmet potatoes recipe!

Even though I shouldn't eat this anymore because of the lactose in it, I can't resist enjoying at least a little nibble when gourmet potatoes cross my path.

Gourmet Potatoes

You will need:

6 medium potatoes
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 cups of room temperature sour cream
1/3 cup of chopped onions
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 (more) tablespoons of butter (for the top)

Make it:

1. Boil the potatoes in the skins in a pot of water on the stove until they are fully cooked. Peel and cube (or shred - less work, especially if you let the food processor do it for you) the potatoes after they cool.

2. Melt the cheese and butter in a large saucepan.

3. Remove the mixture from the heat and mix in the sour cream, onions, salt, and pepper until it is fully blended.

4. Fold the potatoes into the mixture.

5. Place the potato mixture in a casserole dish and dot with the last 2 tablespoons of butter.

6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 25 -30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

7. Enjoy!

I always think of Husband's grandmother whenever I make her recipe. Her gourmet potato casserole not only fills my belly, it also fills my soul.

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