August is upon us, and the summer heat is in full swing, this only means one thing in Sweden – it’s Crayfish Party Time! An annual excuse that sees Swedes band together for a bountiful Crayfish, Schnapps and a selection of silly songs fest.
Traditionally crayfish are boiled whole and served with bread and strong cheeses, I would assume dill would be amongst the condiments too. A whole crayfish can be a little pricey and difficult to find outside of Sweden, so here’s a little recipe that puts a twist on the tradition.
Creamy Crayfish Pasta
- 150g Penne Pasta
- 1 Small Onion
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Conflour
- 4 tbsp White Wine
- 180ml Crème Fraîche
- 1 Lemon (finely grated zest)
- 150g Crayfish Tails
- 2 tbsp Fresh Dill (chopped)
- Salt and Pepper (seasoning)
- Step 1 Put the pasta into a pan of boiling water and cook according to the instructions on the packet and set aside.
- Step 2 Meanwhile, fry the sliced onion gently in butter for 5 minutes until softened.
- Step 3 Add the cornflour and stir thoroughly. Then gradually mix in the wine and crème fraîche and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
- Step 4 Add the juice of half of the lemon plus salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice and seasoning if needed.
- Step 5 Stir in the crayfish tails and finely chopped dill. Pour most of the mixture into the saucepan of pasta and stir thoroughly.
- Step 6 Serve individual pasta dishes topped with the remaining crayfish, lemon zest, sprigs of dill and lemon wedges.
- Step 7 Enjoy with a nice crisp salad topped with sliced radishes, a popular addition to salads in Sweden.
Jamie Carter | @mrjamiecarter