Toast Skagen

Skagen, at the northern tip of Denmark, is a popular fishing port, and this is where the name comes from.  Toast Skagen is one of the most popular appetizers in Sweden.

What you need:                                                             

400 g (14 oz) peeled shrimp  
½ dl (3 1/2 tbsp) mayonnaise 
½ dl (3 1/2 tbsp) crème fraiche 
3 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped  
½ tbsp fresh lemon juice 
Salt and freshly ground white pepper 
4 slices white bread   


80-100 g (3-3 1/2 oz) whitefish caviar  
Lemon wedges 
Peeled shrimp  
Sprigs of fresh dill

What you do:

Roughly chop shrimp if large.  Combine with the mayonnaise, crème fraiche, dill and lemon juice.  Salt and pepper mixture to taste.

There are two ways you can do the bread.  One, sauté it in foaming butter until golden or, for an easier option, simply toast and butter well.

Divide the mixture among the bread slices, top with about a tsp of caviar, farnish with lemon wedges, several whole shrimp and a sprig of dill.

The Skagen mixture is also delicious on baked potatoes, over pasta or as a filling in any kind of sandwich.  It also works as a canapé.  Simply cut out small rounds of toast and top with the mixture, dill and caviar and load them on to a tray.