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)
1. 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.
2. Meanwhile, fry the sliced onion gently in butter for 5 minutes until softened.
3. Add the corn flour and stir thoroughly. Then gradually mix in the wine and crème fraîche. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
4. Add the juice of half of the lemon plus salt and pepper. Taste and add more lemon juice and seasoning if needed.
5. Stir in the crayfish tails and the finely chopped dill.
6. Pour most of the mixture into the saucepan of pasta and stir thoroughly.
7. Serve individual pasta dishes topped with the remaining crayfish, lemon zest, sprigs of dill and lemon wedges.
8. Enjoy with a nice crisp salad topped with sliced radishes, a popular addition to salads in Sweden.
Jamie Carter | @NomadicFox