Spring is upon us and so is Norways national day, 17th of May. The one day a year where every Norwegian rise up with pride to gently shake the flag around in joy- eating strawberries and drinking champagne. For the next two weeks I’m going to publish two recipes that will fit perfectly on the breakfast table for 17th of may- or even brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert!
First up is one of my favorite spring/ summer meals; Smørrebrød with freshly picked shrimps and wood sorrel mayonaise. This dish gives me so many memories- all the way back to my childhood and through my teenage years. It’s a dish that has been with me through my whole life, and I’ve always loved it. Even though I have not always loved to pick the shrimps from their shell.
This dish is widely known in the Nordic region, but normally served with a ‘normal’ mayonaise and a slice of lemon. Instead of lemon, I decided to sprinkle some wood sorrel on top- as this has the same acidity as a citrus fruit. Often served on a fine wheat bread now a days, I decided to go back to the roots and serve it on a delicious dark rye bread, which you can get the recipe for here. Wood sorrel is one of my favorite edible plants which we can find everywhere here in our region during spring. Its mild acidity flavor is nothing but pleasing for the taste buds.
Another amazing thing about this recipe is the 1-minute mayonnaise which is a life changing experience! If you never ever tried a home made mayonnaise- try it now. It’s both healthy and so much more delicious than a store bought one- and it takes you less than a minute with the right equipment. Try it once to get the hang of it, and you’ll never go back.
Yield 2 servings
1 kg local prawns from your fishmonger (500g per person)
4 slices rye bread
1 egg yolk
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 dl oil, neutral taste like sunflower
1 tablespoon fresh terragon, finely chopped
1 tablespoon freshly picked wood sorrel, finely chopped
Eat this with a bunch of friends on a hot summer day accompanied with a glass of rosè or champagne.
Life is indeed wonderful.