Beef Patties, Danish Style

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Appears in
Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste

By Ole Mouritsen

Published 2014

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The third in this trio of everyday dishes consists of beef patties with onions, potatoes, and brown gravy. In terms of old-fashioned Danish cuisine, it represents the very epitome of food with umami. When Danes are asked by foreigners to identify food that is quintessentially representative of their country, they often answer smørrebrød (smorgasbord or open-face sandwiches) and beef patties with onions. The patties are made with ground beef, which should be neither too fatty nor too