CREAMY CRAYFISH PASTA
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.
- 150g Penne Pasta
- 1 Small Onion
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Cornflour
- 4 tbsp White Wine
- 180ml Crème Fraîche
- 1 Lemon (finely grated zest)
- 150g Crayfish Tails
- 2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Dill (save a couple of sprigs for garnish)
- Salt and Pepper (for seasoning)
- Put the pasta into a pan of boiling water. Cook according to the instructions on the packet and then drain and keep warm in the saucepan.
- Meanwhile, fry the sliced onion gently in butter for 5 minutes until softened.
- Add the cornflour and stir thoroughly. Then gradually mix in the wine and crème fraîche. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
- Add the juice of half of the lemon plus salt and pepper. Taste and add more lemon juice and seasoning if needed.
- Stir in the crayfish tails and the finely chopped dill.
- Pour most of the mixture into the saucepan of pasta and stir thoroughly.
- Serve individual pasta dishes topped with the remaining crayfish, lemon zest, sprigs of dill and lemon wedges.
- Enjoy with a nice crisp salad topped with sliced radishes, a popular addition to salads in Sweden.
Jamie Carter | @NomadicFox