Råraka (Swedish hash brown) with Kalix Löjrom and horseradish sour cream
: Swedish national culinary team
An excellent starter. Brown butter gives the traditional råraka a taste upgrade.
2 baking potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
white pepper to taste
50g (1¾ oz) butter
200g (7 oz) Kalix Löjrom (vendace roe)
2dl (1 cup) sour cream, drained overnight in a coffee filter or cheesecloth
1dm (4 inches) fresh horseradish, peeled and wrapped in damp paper
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 bunch dill, in small sprays
1 lemon, for zest
Grate the potatoes on the thickest side of a hand grater.
Add salt and pepper and massage the potato.
Heat a frying pan. Toss in a little butter and then a spoonful of the potato.
Press with the back of the spoon to make a thin pancake and fry until golden brown. Flip and fry the other side.
Remove from the pan and place on a grate over a tray. Make three more råraka. Save the butter from the pan in a small saucepot.
Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Warm the cakes until hot. Place them in a middle of a dish.
Mix the sour cream with the horseradish and season with salt.
Using a wet spoon, make little eggs from the roe and put them on top of the råraka. Repeat with the sour cream, placing a cream egg alongside each roe egg.
Make a little pile of chopped onion and put it on the other side of the Kalix Löjrom.
Toss over dill and grated lemon zest. Season with sea salt and a little freshly ground black pepper.
Finally, warm the melted butter and pour over the råraka.
Swedes enjoy råraka hash browns with beer and snaps. Kalix Löjrom starters, however simple you make them, can be truly delicious. Good eating is based on fine ingredients, so choose carefully and be prepared to pay a little extra.
…is a British writer and editor who moved to Sweden in 2001. A former chef turned food and travel writer, he loves everything about food, but particularly the raw ingredients themselves. When not cooking, eating or thinking about food, he can often be found hanging around in butchers shops, fishmongers and grocery stores; a hobby he can pursue for hours on end. He hopes that writing this blog will take up so much time that it halves his food shopping bills.