Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Estonian Mushroom Salad



Another recipe that's left over from late summer. I made it several times, took photos, and never blogged about it. Stupid me. Anyway. This is something my Estonian father makes quite a bit. It's delicious - especially on toasted bread, crisp rye bread or just with crackers. Perfect on crostini, too. If you can't find créme fraîche, you can use smetana. Essentially, you need a fat (about 30%), soured milk product.

Estonian Mushroom Salad

200 g chanterelles
1 small yellow onion
200 ml crème fraîche
salt, pepper

Dice the onion and the chanterelles. Fry the mushrooms in a dry pan until the liquid is released and you hear popping sounds. Remove from heat and let them cool completely. Mix with the onions and the crème fraîche, and season with salt and pepper. It keeps for a few days in the fridge, well wrapped in plastic.

Recipe in Swedish:
Estnisk svampsallad

8 comments:

matt said...

My mouth is watering just thinking about this. I am going ot make it this weekend because I won't be able to think of anything else until then.

Delicious!

Anonymous said...

So simple and delicious looking. Anything with Chanterelles is divine.

Pille said...

Anne - the salad sounds good, although your dad would have probably used sour cream if he'd still live in Estonia:) Also, any wild mushroom (salted, cooked) would be a wonderful substitute for chantarelles!

Anne said...

Matt - haha, hope you enjoy it :)

Dianka - thank you!

Pille - I don't know what the sour cream is like there, but the one here is so runny. But I bet he used sour cream before we got crème fraîche. And he did mention that the ideal is a mixture of wild mushrooms, but being a very scared mushroom picker, I'll stick to chanterelles :)

Pille said...

The most traditional sour cream has 20% fat content, though 10% one is popular nowadays, and I recently spotted a 30% one! I use 20 traditional one for cooking, as it has the nicest texture, rather creamy. Creme fraiche is pretty much unknown here, though you can buy it in some specialist stores these days.
And Anne, there's no need to be afraid of mushrooms (at least most of them:)

Jeanne said...

Wow - that looks sinfully delicious! This is definitely making it onto my next summer's BBQ side dishes repertoire!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anne!

My name is Svitlana,I am 26, live in Ukraine.
My country is famous for its cuisine.
I found your site by chance and was astonished at your talent as a cook! I realized that Sweden is also a country with deep culinary traditions!
Thanks a lot for your recipes of delicious dishes!
I would like to find a friend in Sweden for sharing cook recipes and not only!:)

pisike putukas said...

so nice to see that there are bloggers outside Estonia blogging about estonian food :)
btw. I will be trying your frozen lettuce salad soon, I just know I will love it :)