1.5 lbs fresh or frozen prawns (shrimps)
1 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Cup Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche
2 Medium Red Onions
4 oz Dijon Mustard
4 oz Whitefish or Salmon Roe
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
5 Tbsp Dill finely chopped
Slices of white bread
2 tbsp butter
Dill sprigs for garnish
Prawns (shrimps) on toast (toast Skagen) is a Swedish classic and it was created by a popular Swedish restaurateur, Tore Wretman, just after the second world war and named after a fishing port in Denmark. It is a great appetizer and features a mayonnaise-based shrimp salad on the buttered toast, garnished with caviar.
Begin with chopping the two onions into small pieces.
Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, and mustard together. Add salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste. You can also add some brandy or some horseradish if you want to. Keep the mixture cold until required.
You should use small or extra small shrimps for the Toast Skagen. It is better to get the shrimps will their shell on since they are more flavorful. If you don't want to go through the work with cleaning and trimming the shrimps you can buy them without shells as well. Clean the shrimps and add to the mayo mix. Finely chop the dill and add as well. Stir and keep chilled.
The Skagen mix is now finished. It will taste better if you let it sit on the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Taste and add salt, white pepper or more dill.
Ten minutes or so before serving, melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the bread slices and fry until golden brown on both sides. Use white bread or sourdough - for a better presentation, cut off the edges and cut bread in half diagonally.
When ready to serve, pile the shrimp mix on top of the fried bread and garnish with a dollop of roe, a sprig of dill and a lemon wedge. You can also garnish with some chives or green onions. Best served on warm bread and cold shrimp mix. It's a recipe that lends itself to experimentation. It is extremely easy to make but so rewarding. Sweden has a long food tradition and Toast Skagen is a wonderful little gem and is definitely worth trying out!!
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