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Swedish West Coast Seafood Salad

July 3, 2012

A couple of weeks ago it was Swedish Midsummer and for this years party I brought a Swedish dish called “Västkustsallad” which is a creamy lemon and dill scented seafood salad from the beautiful west coast of Sweden where I’m from.

In the original recipe you’ll find fresh lobster instead of the crab meat, but unless you go to a fancy restaurant where they might still serve it with lobster, you’ll always find this salad with crab in it. And to be honest, it actually gives it a nicer taste than lobster anyway..

You can have it as a starter, in a baguette, or as us Swedes like it: on top of your grilled hot dog which is very popular! I personally love to have mine as a little apèretif on Swedish Vasa Crisp bread with a glass of chilled white wine or even a cold beer.

Here’s the recipe: (for about 4 persons)

600 g fresh prawns

200g fresh crabmeat

50 g of “Löjrom” (but normal red caviar works just as fine if you can’t find this particular bleak roe)

100 g fresh mushrooms

1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

A handful of steamed petit pois

1 bunch of fresh dill

Juice and zest from 1 lemon

1 dl mayonnaise

1 dl crème fraiche

salt and pepper

Here’s how you do it:

1.Steam the petit pois quickly. Put them aside and let them cool down

2.Chop the mushrooms in thin slices, then fry them lightly with some olive oil in a pan. Leave them to cool

3.Peel the fresh prawns, and chop them up quite chunky. Put it in a bowl and set aside.

4.Chop the red onion finely, then do the same  with the dill, and add this in the bowl.

5.Add all the rest of the ingredients above and stir. Add salt and pepper and leave it in the fridge for about 1 hour to really let all the flavours enhance. You can even do it the night before and let it rest in the fridge for the night.

Serve on crispy bread, or on toasts or in a salad.

Smaklig måltid!

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