Most Danes have three regular meals a day, usually consisting of a cold breakfast with coffee, a cold lunch at work and a hot dinner at home with the family. Some also have a snack in the middle of the afternoon or in the late evening.
The basic Danish breakfast consists of coffee or tea and fresh bread and rolls with cheese or jam. Cereals such as cornflakes, muesli and oatmeal are also popular with children.
In Denmark, lunch is usually a cold meal consisting of a few simply prepared pieces smørrebrød which is an open sandwich usually on thinly, sliced rye bread. Toppings include cold meats, sausage, cheese, fish or a hard-boiled egg with sliced vegetables of onion, radish, cucumber, tomato and parsley. Remoulade (similar to tartar sauce), mayonnaise and liver paste are used as a spread.
Dinner usually is one main course, often a meat dish of pork, chicken or a fish with potatoes and a vegetable or salad. Occasionally, beef is served. Red cabbage is the national dish. Dessert is ice cream or a fruit dish. For special occasions or when guests are invited, more elaborate meals are prepared.
A popular traditional Danish dessert usually served around Christmas time consists of æbleskiver, small pancake doughnuts, which are fried in butter and served hot with, jam and sugar.