In the autumn it is time for crayfish parties all over Sweden. We had excellent timing this year and had already planned an autumn journey to Sweden to attend a wedding and visit friends and family. If you don’t get a hold of fresh crayfish you can always but frozen at IKEA all over the world.
This is a crayfish party according to the Schmidts!
Crayfish liquor (enough for 4 kg crayfish)
- 2 Onions, cut in large pieces
- 4 l Water
- 1 l Beer, lager
- 1 dl Salt
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 10-15 heads of Dill
Blend all the ingredients together, except for the heads of dill. Make sure that the salt and the sugar dissolve. Then put the crayfish and the heads of dill in layers and pour the fluid over. Let draw for at least an hour.
Homemade Västerbotten cheese pie with chanterelle
You need to eat a lot of crayfish to get full. All snaps make it hard to survive the evening without having something satisfying. This delicious pie help you overcome the evening.
- 3,5 dl Wheat flour
- 150 g Butter
- 2 tbsp Water
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 4 Egg yolks
- 2 dl Milk
- 2 dl Cream
- 300 g Västerbotten cheese, grated
- 200 g Chanterelle
- 1 small Onion, chopped
Start with the pastry, mix butter and flour together. Use an electric mixer if you have one. Add water and salt. Press out the pastry in a pie dish and let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
In the meantime, fry the chanterelle and the onion in butter. Whisk the egg yolks, milk, cream and the spices together, grate the cheese. Fill your pie dish with the chanterelle and onion, pour over the milk mixture and finally sprinkle the cheese on top.
Bake in oven at 200 degrees Celsius, for 35-40 minutes.
Besides beer we also have a snaps or two to our crayfish. A very popular snaps is the Norwegian Linie Aquavit. 1805 the Norwegians sent a ship with snaps, stored in barrels, to Australia. Unfortunately the company that were receiving the snaps faced bankruptcy and the snaps were sent back to Norway. When it returned the Norwegians thought that the snaps tasted even better than before and from 1842 the Lysholms Linie Aquavit always passes the equator (the line) in a ships before it is filled into bottles and sold.
Music: The crayfish party were accompanied by our own horse and raucous voices, singing Swedish snappsvisor (snaps songs).