Two of my favourite things in the world are cheese and getaways, so when Swedish cheese company Västerbottensost got in touch to see if I wanted to try out some of their summertime recipes I couldn't diss-a-brie (that's the only pun I swear...it's also not technically a brie).
I am actually heading to Sweden for the first time in a couple of months on a city break to Gothenburg, so this was the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and try out some of the local grub!
Västerbotten, known as the king of Swedish cheeses is similar to mature, sharp tasting cheddar and Västerbottensost have teamed up with Swedish celebrity chef Filip Fasten to create a series of recipes which allow you to create a scandi summer spread at home. With everything from a cheesy potato gratin to a crisp herring flatbread, there are a range of dishes to choose from. After a trip to Oslo earlier in the year, I fell in love with Scandianavian pastry, so I decided to try out the cheese pie.
Västerbottensost cheese pie with fried onions
For the pastry:
125 grams of butter
300g of flour
2 tablespoons of water
Heat the oven to 200°c.
Mix together the butter, flour and water and roll it out to a thin dough. Put it in a pie dish with a detachable bottom, then let it cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Notch it with a fork and pre-bake it for 10 minutes. Let it cool off. While it cools, fry off your onions until soft.
For the filling:
4oog of grated Västerbottensost cheese
200ml of cream
200ml of fried onions
A grating of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Put the onions on the bottom of the pie. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour it in the pie dish. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 25-30 minutes until firm. Top it off with some wild herbs if you fancy and enjoy!
Wild herbs that could be used:
I have to admit I cheated and used ready made pastry, but other than that the pie was super easy to make, taking roughly an hour on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a glass of red on the go. The tangy taste of the cheese worked like a dream with the nutmeg and it was delicious served up warm and equally as tasty for my lunch the next day. I side stepped the herbs and instead teamed it with a generous helping of my favourite chutney.
Have you ever tried any Scandi cooking? What's your favourite Swedish treat?
*I was sent Västerbottensost for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.