Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A Platter of Summer Vegetables with a Savory Skyr Sauce

I became some what addicted to Skyr whilst travelling in Iceland and our trip there seems to have coincided with pots of skyr appearing in our local supermarkets back home. So, I can now indulge my obsession whenever I desire. My favourites are the individual fruit pots - blueberry, raspberry and peach, but I've recently started buying the large tubs of plain skyr and using in cooking sauces instead of cream or yogurt. It behaves really well, doesn't split and although it's not a rich as cream, I'm happy with the flavour.

In case you have no idea what I'm waffling about - skyr is dairy product from Iceland. It is pronounced 'skeer' and has the consistency of a thick Greek yogurt. It is high in protein, low in fat and is really more of a cheese that a yogurt. It has a mild flavour and has been part of the Icelandic diet for thousands of years. They like to eat it cold, with a sprinkle of sugar and sometime topped with fruit.

My latest skyr recipe was created on a hot Sunday lunchtime, to go with a simple roast chicken, I made up a savoury skyr sauce to accompany a platter of steamed summer vegetables.

Recipe - enough for 4

for the skyr sauce
2 egg yolks
5 tablespoons skyr
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan
a little finely grated lemon zest - approx half a teaspoon
salt & pepper

Half a lemon to serve

a variety of your favourite summer vegetables - green beans, asparagus, sugar snap peas, Roscoff onions etc

Simply place all the sauce ingredients into a heat proof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir gently with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients have combined, the sauce has thickened and is piping hot.

Keep stirring for the whole time - will take about 10 minutes - taste and adjust seasoning to suit.

Whilst the sauce is cooking the vegetables can be steaming.

Once all are cooked spoon the sauce into a serving bowl, arrange the vegetables on a warm platter and serve straight away. I gave the vegetables a squeeze of lemon just before serving.

Have a great day
Love Lizx

 skyr sauce