One of my girlfriends recently returned from a holiday in Iceland and it sparked my interest. What is the food like there? When I think of Nordic food, I think of the cliché pickled herring and Rose Nylund’s cringeworthy recipes from The Golden Girls. But seriously, I had very little knowledge of their culinary scene so I did a little internet creeping to find out some popular foods in Iceland. Of course I found the expected smoked fish and pickled herring but it became abundantly clear there was one traditional favorite: Skyr. Skyr for breakfast, skyr for lunch, skyr for dinner…you get the point!
Skyr is Iceland’s version of Greek yogurt and it has been a staple in their cuisine for over a thousand years. It is believed that Icelanders first started making skyr when settlers from Norway arrived in the 9th century. Yaaaa guys, THAT long! I think they’ve got this covered.
It has the consistency of a thick yogurt, with a mildly tart flavor. It’s super high in protein and has virtually zero fat or artificial sweeteners. AMEN! Because skyr contains live active cultures it must be consumed within 5 days of opening, so keep this in mind when you buy it.
I found Siggi’s Icelandic Skyr at Whole Foods and have to say, I’m really happy with it. I will definitely be adding this to my grocery list. It’s a healthy product you can feel good about eating and I can see me using this in my recipes.
- 8 oz skinless smoked trout filets, broken into ½ inch pieces (approximately 2 cups)
- ¾ cup Skyr (a thick Icelandic style yogurt)
- ¼ cup crème fraîche
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp prepared horseradish, drained
- a medium sized dill pickle, finely diced
- ¼ cup fresh dill, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
- 1 tbsp capers, strained
- freshly ground pepper
- flakey Icelandic sea salt
- Using an electric mixer, beat skyr, crème fraîche, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce. Transfer mixture into medium bowl. Stir in smoked trout, dill pickle, green onion, capers and fresh dill. Season with freshly ground black pepper and flakey Icelandic salt.
- Let dip chill in the fridge for 1 hour prior to serving.
- Serve with endive leaves, sliced cucumber, celery sticks or crackers.
You can find Siggis Skyr Yogurt at Whole Foods but you can sub greek yogurt in a pinch.