Christmas in the Rockies

A rich and hearty Norwegian dinner brings the Old World to Colorado

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Roast Pork with Gingerbread Sauce and Celery Root with Bacon

  • Xmas pork

Roast Pork with Gingerbread Sauce and Celery Root with Bacon

  • Xmas salad

Info: Creating Chefs (The Lyons Press, 2003; $28 ),by Carol Maybach

Gravlax with Norwegian Caviar Sauce

Although the Maybach tradition is to bury their salmon in the snow to cure, buying the gravlax is a pretty good option for those of us who live in snowless parts of the New World.

Wine: Blanc de noirs sparkler

• Fresh potato flatbread (lefse) and/or plain flatbread (flatbrod)

• Butter and lingonberry jam

• Pickled herring and/or herring in sour cream

Apple, Beet, and Cabbage Salad

This salad puts color on the table, to say nothing of hearty flavors.

Roast Pork with Gingerbread Sauce and Celery Root with Bacon

In the mountains, the main dish might be venison or elk, but roast pork loin has a long tradition in Norway too. A sauce made with gingerbread (Gingerbread Sauce) adds a little interesting sugar and spice.

Wine: Zinfandel

Christmas Rice Pudding (Riskrem)

In Norway, an almond is hidden inside one of these desserts, and the lucky recipient gets a gift―usually a marzipan pig.

Gingerbread Wedges

Maybach bakes this dense, slightly sweet bread in patterned ceramic molds for a decorative finish, but plain pie pans work well too.

Gingerbread Sauce

• Aquavit and Christmas beer

Note: You can buy the gravlax, caviar, flatbread, jam, and herring at a Scandinavian deli, or order from Wikstroms' Gourmet Foods (773/275-6100).

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