Nothing beats spending a cold wintery day at home, pottering about the kitchen with a hot mug of tea in hand and preparing a hearty meal.
This is a very popular pastime for the Danish, who are known for their dedication to practicing the art of Hyyge.
One of the most Hygge ways to spend a day is by preparing and sharing a meal with loved ones. Hygge cooking involves taking the time to create delicious comfort food but with minimum fuss. The most typical Hygge dishes are the ones that fill your home with the most delightful aromas, such as cosy stews, casseroles, baked pies and roasted meats.
We found the perfect Hygge recipe to fill your tummy, warm you up and make your heart sing.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1.25 kg of lamb leg or shoulder, cut into cubes
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk
3 garlic cloves
125 ml dry sherry
¾ teaspoon chilli flakes
2 tablespoons tomato puree
250 ml vegetable stock
1 rosemary sprig
12 small onions
2 potatoes, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 cup of polenta
PREAHEAT oven to 180 degrees Celsius
HEAT the olive oil in a large casserole dish. Add the lamb, season with salt and pepper and brown lightly over high heat. Once all the lamb is browned and has been removed add the onion, celery and garlic, reduce the heat and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened.
RETURN the lamb to the casserole dish. Pour in the Marsala and cook over high heat until it is dark brown and reduced by half. Add the chilli flakes and tomato puree, stock, rosemary and about 250 ml of water, or just enough to cover.
COVER the casserole dish with a lid and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Add the onion and potato and cook for another 45 minutes. Stir the parsley through just before serving.
PREPARE the soft polenta. It goes with dish perfectly & it's really quick to make and is as easy as 1,2,3...
1. Bring 500mls water to boil & add vegetable or chicken stock
2. Whisk in 1cup of 'quick' or instant polenta and stir for a few minutes until desired consistency is reached. *you can add hot water if too it's thick.
3. Serve while hot
Looking for a dessert to match this meal? Check out our Rhubarb & Custard Cake and no meal is complete without a beautiful beverage so don’t miss our Mulled Wine recipe featuring a lovely Shiraz from Mitchelton Wines.
To learn more about the Danish art of happiness, discover Hygge home decorating tips and find yummy Hygge recipes, visit our series of articles below.
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Recipe Credit: With thanks to Murdoch Books for their recipe in the ‘The Food of Italy’, and to our cook extraordinaire Josh Williamson. Photography by Jonathan Ho. Styling by Carlinea Williamson and Julia Chapman.