Compensation for this sponsored post was provided by NORTH Festival 2013. As always, all views and opinions, as well as the recipes herein, are my own.
Okay, I honestly have no idea how to pronounce Æbleflæsk. But the A connected to the E is pretty fancy, isn't it? What I can tell you, though, is that apple and pork always makes for one heck of a classic flavor combination, no matter what language we're talking.
No wonder why pork chops and applesauce was my favorite meal as a kid, even if the pork was cooked until it was completed obliterated of any moisture and flavor (remember those good old times when our moms were super concerned about trichinosis?). Leave it to the Danish to take this pork and apple pairing to the next level with... drumroll please... bacon.
And while we are talking about flavor combinations that pretty much rock our world, when I think apple and pork, especially in the fall (I know it's technically still summer but my brain switches to fall as soon as the school year begins), you gotta have some sage in the mix.
So let's review. Apples, bacon, and sage. Oh, and to make those apples even more ridiculous, we're going to let them cook and get nice and friendly with the bacon drippings.
So what's up with the random Danish recipe? The first ever NORTH Food Festival is coming up soon and to celebrate, they enlisted the help of a bunch of us food bloggers to spread the word. Celebrating Nordic food (we're talking Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Norway), the week long extravaganza features cooking classes and dinners with some of the the best chefs specializing in Nordic cuisine.
Learn more about Nordic cuisine at the NORTH Festival 2013 in New York City. This post is a collaboration between the blogger and NORTH Festival 2013.