These wonderfully buttery, slightly sweet Caramelized Potatoes (Karamelliseret Kartofler) are a traditional recipe at a Danish Christmas table.
How exciting! An invitation to a Danish Christmas dinner, a Gr8 theme we had not yet experienced.
As you probably know by now, when we receive our Gr8 invitation, we are always excited to find out what dish each couple will contribute to the meal.
Joel and I brought Caramelized Potatoes known in Denmark as Karamelliseret Kartofler!
It is intriguing to make a new recipe. I jumped on my computer to research this traditional Danish dish. After reading several recipes it was obvious that this would be easy to prepare!
Only three ingredients! And everyone loves a make-ahead recipe. Boil and peel the potatoes the day ahead so you will have less to do the day of serving them.
And...potatoes cooked in sugar and butter! Count me in!
Unlike sweet potatoes, these are potatoes swimming in sweetness. I couldn't imagine how that would taste! Well, let me tell you that they are absolutely delicious!
With a slightly sweet flavor, these potatoes are delicious with other Danish traditional recipes. For a complete meal, try serving the potatoes with our Red Cabbage (Rødkål) and Danish meatballs.
And, check out our beautifully decorated and exceptionally delicious Danish Christmas meal!
Give these sweet balls of buttery deliciousness a try! You will not be disappointed, I promise!
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Caramelized Potatoes (Karamelliseret Kartofler)
- 2 pounds small potatoes
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- In a large pot add water (enough to cover the potatoes when added). Add the salt to the water and bring the water to a boil.
- Add the potatoes to the boiling water and boil until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes.
- Add the sugar to a non-teflon frying pan in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. I used a cast iron skillet.
- Turn the heat on medium and do not stir the sugar. Cook until the sugar starts to turn brown.
- Add the butter and stir until melted.
- Turn the heat up a bit higher and add the potatoes to the pan. With a large spoon carefully turn the potatoes and cook until they are heated through and caramelized, trying not to damage the potatoes (about 5 to 10 minutes).
- Serve and enjoy!
Gr8 Make Ahead Tips:
- The potatoes can be boiled and peeled up to a day ahead of time. Once the potatoes are peeled, store covered in the refrigerator. Take the potatoes out of the refrigerator about an hour before beginning with step #4.
- I prepared the potatoes completely and then let them come to room temperature. Before serving, I stirred them in the caramel sauce, covered the bowl with foil and warmed them in the oven for about 10 minutes.
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