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Vassa Eggen Restaurant Recipes - Stockholm, Sweden PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   

Chef Fredrik Bjorlin, Vassa Eggen, Stockholm, SwedenChef Fredrik Björlin of Vassa Eggen Restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden gets ready for the 2008 International Culinary Olympics and shares his vision and recipes for a creative 3-course menu.

 


While I was in Stockholm in May 2008, I had a wonderful dinner at the attractive Vassa Eggen Restaurant where I met with Chef Fredrik Björlin to learn more about this interesting chef. For starters, he grew up appreciating good food, and although his mother is a teacher, and his father works in a bank, they both like to cook and passed their culinary passion on to their son. He has been at Vassa Eggen Restaurant for 8 years now, beginning as a student, and has worked at all of the stations honing his skills.

Chef Fredrik Björlin of Vassa Eggen Restaurant, Stockholm, SwedenWhen I asked him about culinary trends in Stockholm, he replied that it is more of a lifestyle now, with an emphasis on ecological, smaller farms producing meats, vegetables, and produce. Stockholm (population +1.9 million) is booming with new restaurants and he described the restaurant scene as having many restaurants and few "eaters", but there is a good brotherhood of chefs here.

When not working at Vassa Eggen Restaurant, his spends time with his girlfriend, snowboarding in the winter, and preparing with the Swedish Culinary Team for the 2008 International Culinary Olympics that will be held in Erfurt, Germany from October 19 - 22, 2008. The team consists of 13 chefs who have worked together for the last 3 years. No stranger to the competition, Chef Fredrik Björlin competed as a Junior in the last Culinary Olympics held in 2004. Luxury Experience Magazine wishes Chef Fredrik Björlin and the team much success at the 2008 International Culinary Olympics.

As for the menu at Vassa Eggen Restaurant, I look forward to returning to Stockholm and sampling more of Chef Björlin's creative recipes. His 3-course menu provides an insight into his culinary vision.

The Menu

Pâté of Duck with Acacia Honey
Chicken with Onions and Polenta Crème
Chocolate Mousse with Sorbet of Mandarin

Chef Fredrik Björlin of Vassa Eggen Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden - Ankpate

Pâté of Duck with Acacia Honey 

Pâté of Duck Ingredients:

600

Grams (1.3 pounds)

Duck breast, coarsely ground

250

Grams (8.8 ounces)

Fat

150

Grams (5.3 ounces)

Calves liver

1

Egg

100

Grams (3.5 ounces)

Boiled onions, finely chopped

2

Duck legs confit, veins removed

50

Grams (1.7 ounces)

Diced duck liver

Method: Mix all ingredients with salt and white pepper to a smooth mince. It is important to keep everything well chilled. Season with cognac and port wine. Bake in a bread pan at 85 °C (185 °F) until inner temperature reaches 75 °C (167 °F). Let rest overnight to settle.

Honey Jelly Ingredients:

500

Grams (17.6 ounces)

Water

50

Grams (3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon)

Honey

6

Grams (1 teaspoon)

Agar Agar

Method: Boil all ingredients and adjust with vinegar. Spread into thin sheets on baking trays. Serve with croutons of dark rye bread, fresh plums, and a little plum chutney and salad.

Chef Fredrik Björlin of Vassa Eggen Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden - Kyckling

Chicken with Onions and Polenta Crème

Chicken with Onions and Polenta Crème Ingredients:

4

Spring Chickens

4

Onions, coarsely chopped

50

Grams (1.7 ounces)

Butter

2

Garlic cloves, chopped

50

Grams (1.7 ounces)

Polenta

Milk, Cream, Salt

Method: Sauté onions and garlic in butter until clear, add polenta and cover with milk and cream. Gently simmer over low heat and mix to a smooth cream. De-bone chicken and make a dark stock of the remains. Reduce to a sauce and season with vinegar and salt. Sear chicken quickly in a frying pan and bake in the oven until done.

Vegetables Ingredients:

Diced Celery

Tomato Concassé (diced)

Boiled White Beans

Diced Zucchini

Method: Blanch celery and zucchini quickly. Just before serving, heat all vegetables in olive oil and season with salt.

Chef Fredrik Björlin of Vassa Eggen Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden - Choklad

Chocolate Mousse with Sorbet of Mandarin

Chocolate Mousse Ingredients:

1

Egg

140

Grams (4.9 ounces)

Egg Yolk

180

Grams (6.3 ounces)

Sugar Syrup (50/50)

350

Grams (12.4 ounces)

Melted Dark Chocolate

700

Grams (24.7 ounces)

Lightly Whipped Cream

Method: Beat egg, yolk, and sugar syrup in a Bain Marie until it reaches 86 °C (187 °F). Then beat with an electric mixer until it reaches room temperature. Fold in some of the cream into the chocolate. Mix the chocolate and the egg, and then fold in the cream. Fill cylinders with the chocolate mousse.

Sorbet of Mandarin Ingredients:

1000

Grams (35.3 ounces)

Mandarin juice

250

Grams (8.8 ounces)

Sugar

185

Grams 6.5 ounces)

Glucose

2

Gelatin Leaves, soaked

4

Cl (1.4 ounces)

Vodka

4

Cl (1.4 ounces)

Orange Liqueur

Method: Mix all ingredients and heat gently in a saucepan until sugar and gelatin are dissolved. Cool and process in an ice-cream machine.

Lemon Foam Ingredients:

2

Dl (6.8 ounces)

Milk

½

Vanilla Pod

Lemon Zest

Some Sugar

Method: Heat gently to 60 °C (140 °F), let rest for 10 minutes, and then strain it. Foam with stick blender at serving time.

Mandarin Ingredients:

Fillets of Mandarin

½

Orange Bliss (or other orange liqueur)

Sugar Syrup

Method: Mix ingredients and let rest to marinate. At serving time, pipe sorbet onto a frozen tray and cut into cylinders. Keep in mind that the chocolate mousse is to be served at room temperature.

Read other articles on Vassa Eggen in the Restaurants and Destinations sections, and also in Swedish in Chefs' Recipes  section.

Vassa Eggen Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden
Vassa Eggen Restaurant
Birger Jarlsgatan 29
10395 Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone:      +46 821-6169
Fax:                 +46 820-3446
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www.VassaEggen.com

Read other articles on Stockholm in the Destinations, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes sections.                                                

Read other articles on Sweden in the Destinations, Hotels and Resorts, Chefs' Recipes, Gastronomy, and Travel News sections.

For information on Sweden, please visit the website: www.VisitSweden.com. For information on SAS Airlines, please visit the website: www.Flysas.com.

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