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How to make Sweden's posh potato cakes at home

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How to make Sweden's posh potato cakes at home
Roe is very similar to caviar. Photo: John Duxbury
07:31 CEST+02:00
Known as 'Råraka' in Swedish, this potato and fish dish is common in luxury restaurants, but it's easier than you might think to make at home. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

Similar to caviar, roe is a type of fish egg adored by Swedes. 'Kalix löjrom', one of the most popular varieties, is harvested from the Bothnian Bay archipelago in northern Sweden. It is the only Swedish product with the European Union's Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), the same stamp given to other famous delicacies such as Parmigiano Reggiano (which must come from the Emilia-Romagna region to be recognised in this way) and Champagne (named after the region in France where it originates).

Summary

Serves: 4

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooking: 35 minutes

Total: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

100g roe, preferably kalix löjrom

1 red onion, finely chopped

120ml crème fraîche or gräddfil

4 lemon wedges

4 small sprigs of dill

600g potatoes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method

1. Thaw the roe in the fridge overnight. If it is a bit watery, rinse and drain.

2. Peel the potatoes and coarsely grate them. Put them in a bowl of water to prevent them from going brown.


Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

3. Add half of the butter and half of the oil to a frying pan over a medium heat.

4. When the butter turns golden brown and is almost smoking, drain about a quarter of the potatoes in a sieve and then spread them out in the pan to make two potato cakes. Push the mixture down with a spatula so that each cake is fairly thin and about 5cm in diameter. Fry for about four minutes per side until golden brown and crispy. Remove from the pan, pat dry with kitchen paper and then keep warm.

5. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, adding more butter and oil if necessary.

6. To serve, put two potato cakes on each plate, top with the roe, finely chopped red onion, crème fraîche, a lemon wedge and garnish with some dill.


Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Tips

- Serve the potato cakes with fried bacon and lingonberries, if you don't like or can't find roe.

- Roe is best served with mother of pearl spoons rather than metal or wooden ones, to avoid tainting the taste.

Recipe courtesy of John Duxbury, Editor and Founder of Swedish Food

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