Vegan toast "skagen"
Serves 4 | 5min | Easy
There are few foods that are more Nordic than a Toast Skagen - a simple piece of toast with a mayonnaise, shrimp, fish roe and dill mixture piled on top. But we've sadly never eaten a good vegetarian version of this classic dish. Which is why we decided to create our own.
This recipe is an homage to the toast skagen without really having that much to do with it, since the key to a skagen is the shrimp and fish roe, and that's no good for us vegetarians. Unless you somehow manage to find shrimp and pregnant fish in your local lake or sea and catch them yourself, which, I personally, have no problem with (it's commercially fished shrimp and farmed fish that I have a huge problem with).
This recipe is a visually striking, easy to make, fresh and tasty starter for anyone and everyone. But it's especially good to serve to your meat-eating friends instead of a real Toast Skagen, to show them how tasty a sandwich spread can be without any meat.
I tried to replicate the freshness of a skagen with the apple and celery, which also provide a nice sweet and bitter combination, and decided to use crème fraîche instead of mayonnaise, to keep it vegan, but also to make it a bit lighter. Personally I find that mayonnaise is often over-used and too rich to be used as much as would be required in this recipe for my taste.
They key to a really good skagen is, in my humble opinion, the bread. The best bread to use is a traditional skärgårdslimpa (a dark rye bread made with dark syrup), which has a rich and sweet taste that combines perfectly with any skagen mix, including this recipe. We used a skärgårdslimpa från Backers bageri in southwestern Finland (they sell their bread in southern Finland and Stockholm), which is as good a skärgårdslimpa as you can find.
1 small apple
10 cm piece of celery
2 tbsp vegan crème fraîche
half a red onion
a handful of chives
a handful of dill
some lemon juice
salt & pepper
- Peel the apple and chop into into tiny cubes
- Slice the piece of celery into thin slivers
- Chop the onion into as small pieces as you can
- Chop up half of your dill and all of your chives
- Mix everything thoroughly in a bowl and add salt & pepper to taste
TIP! If you want it to replicate the original skagen more closely you can add vegetarian "fish roe" to the recipe.