Brændende kærlighed, or Burning love, is an old danish dish with mashed potatoes, crisp bacon bits and soft fried onions. Brændende kærlighed is a danish comfort food, and a really cheap one.
Growing up we had brændende kærlighed as a typical dish for a week night, and I think we had it every or every other month. The traditional way to have this dish is not low in calories, but with some small twists I can be OK. I drained most of the bacon fat from the frying pan before sautéing the onions. Unlike at my parents house, we have ketchup and steak sauces as sauce instead of the drippings from the onions and bacon. The last little twist is my mashed potatoes with steamed cauliflower, that make it lighter. Broccoli or other root vegetables can also be used.
- 1 cauliflower
- 6-8 medium potatoes
- warm milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- salt & pepper
- 1 pack thick cut bacon, diced
- 2 onions
Peel the potatoes, and the cut them into half inch cubes. Rinse and cut the cauliflower into florets.
Bring the potatoes to a boil with just enough water to cover. Add salt when water is boiling. Add the cauliflower on top, so they will steam. Let potaoes/cauliflower cook for about 20 minutes.
In a skillet brown the bacon, until light crispy. Remove bacon from skillet, and drain most of the bacon fat. Sauté the onions in the remaining bacon fat, until translucent, and put bacon bits back in the skillet. Set a side until you are ready to serve.
Drain the potatoes and mash them. Add the butter and warm milk while whipping the mash, this will make the mash light and airy. Season the mash with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve a spoonful mash, making a small hole in the middle and fill it with the bacon/onion mix. I serve brændende kærlighed with pan fried tomatoes, ketchup and steak sauces.