Sunday, August 28, 2005
IMBB #18 - Pyttipanna
This month's host of the foodie blogging event Is My Blog Burning? is Linda, who writes one of my favorites blogs: At Our Table. The theme is very wide, so I bet there'll be lots of participants: "Summer's Flying - Let's Get Frying!" I was kind of planning to do something elaborate - maybe using my new deep-fryer! But.. well, that didn't happen. As so often, life snuck up on me and reminded me that I had a very busy week as it was. No time to dig up an exciting new recipe to try! So, instead, I opted for an eternal Swedish (or probably Scandinavian, Oslo Foodie has posted that she eats this too) favorite.
Something probably eaten in most Swedish households at least once a month - Pyttipanna. This is the Swedish version of stir-fry, so to speak. And to put it bluntly, it's all about the leftovers. You can buy this ready-made and frozen, and just fry it. And sure, that's good. Real good, if you add some mushrooms, maybe a dash of cream.. mm. Good stuff. But for this, I wanted to make it from scratch. Besides, I had a huge big piece of roast, just begging to be cut up and put into the pan with some potatoes and onions. See, potatoes, onions and meat are the staples here. Without them, no pyttipanna. (Although some insist on veggie versions.) Then you can add whatever you want - more veggies, other types of meat - bacon is good - like I mentioned, cream, seasonings.. anything really. Anything that you have in the fridge, that is. All about leftovers!
So. I'm not even going to give a real recipe. But for the pyttipanna in the picture, I used about 300 g of roast, diced, 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped, 5 medium potatoes, boiled and diced, and - the pièce the résistance - about 200 g of golden chanterelles. Start by frying the potatoes until they're lightly golden. Add the meat and the onions, frying until the onions start getting translucent and soft. Add the chanterelles, and let everything be heated through.
Always serve with a fried egg, and always ALWAYS have pickled beets with it. That's just the way it is. No changing that one - at least not for me!