A Swedish crayfish party my way

I’m currently participating in a recipie contest – on the line is a trip to Paris and a trip to Chlie. Sponsor is the chilean producer Cono Sur. The idea is to take one of two wines : Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere or Cono Sur Bicicleta Gewürztraminer – I choose the latter.

Cono Sur bicicleta Gewürztraminer 2013

My idea was to take something seasonal, something Swedish and do a spin on it. In Sweden we have crayfish parties during the later parts of summer and early parts autom. This includes large numbers of crayfish boild in dill, and downed with hugh amounts of alchohol. This really isn’t my cup of tea. I want wine and I want proper food, not saying that crayfish isn’t proper food but I want them in a dish – and of course wine.

My idea was to incorporate the crayfish and create a dish I would like to eat and this was it!

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Crab mix served on grilled sourdough bread served with an Asian sauce and boild yellow beets and lightly pickled white turnip (purple top white globe) and cray fish boild in dill

(for 2 people)

Lightly pickled white turnip (purple top white globe)

Slice two white turnips as thin as possible, slice ½ a red pepper finely, slice 2-3 spring onions. Put everything in a bowl, pour in 5-6 tablespoons of rice vinegar, put in 1/3 part pot of chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), add the limezest from ½ lime, the juice of ½ lime and 1-2 tbsp of sugar + a dash of mirin. Let stand cold for 2-3 hours. Stir a few times during the time of taste before serving.

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Asian sauce

Pour 0.5 dl of asian fish sauce, 1.5 dl water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar (24%) and 0.5 tablespoons of sugar in a pan and boil it. Cool it of to ca 8 dgrs. Before serving, chop ½ red pepper frui, and one clove of garlic and then stir this into the sauce.

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Boiled yellow beets

Wash 6 yellow beets thoroughly. Put them in a pan, fill with water so they are covered, pour in the juice of half a lemon, a bay leaf, a crushed clove of garlic and a knob of butter. Bring to the boil, lower the heat so that they cook at medium temperature under a lid – cook for about 30-35 minutes. Peel them while they are hot and slice them. Add them up on the plate and sprinkle some salt on.

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The crab mix

1 boiled crab (make sure it is a female so you get some roe). Remove the crab meat and roe and place in a bowl. Dice an avocado, finely chop about 1/3 part pot with fresh dill, 1/3 part pot of fresh coriander (cilantro), 1/3 part pot of fresh thyme and a clove of garlic (finely chopped). Add the juice of half a lime and the zest from one lime and 1-2 tsp tiglio honey. Mix together, season with salt and a little black pepper.

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Toast a slice of bread, we used a sourdough bread. Put the the crab mix on the bread and serve with the yellow beets and turnip and one or two crayfishes. Pour a few tablespoons of the Asian sauce over the crab mix just before serving.

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This is just summer food on a hot day or at the crayfish party, a great combination of flavors with lots of herbs, crabs and crayfish and some asian flavours and the sweetnes of the beets and acidity of the turnips marries nicely with a aromatic wine.

Cheers – if this sounds good or decent try it and/or help me out and vote for it here . though this is only possible if you are in Sweden (Just find my name – klick rösta på detta recept and go on)!

Magnus Reuterdahl


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