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Jul 2022 VHF Haara So Me 187 A6316
Yrjan Olsnes 1741
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Jon's Festive Menu

Hardanger is renowned for its rich culinary heritage, and during Christmas, the joy of food truly comes to life. Experience an authentic taste of Hardanger with some of Jon Aga's favorite recipies - one of our culinary maestros. Perhaps new flavors will enchant your festive table this year?

As snowflakes gently cascade down Museumsvegen, the starlit sky above Utne Hotel casts a mesmerizing glow on this quaint, charming wooden retreat.

Within the historic walls of this 300-year-old haven, Chef Jon Aga unveils a symphony of local delights, featuring the sublime smoked lamb from Jan Arne at Smeagarden.

The dessert tableau, a masterpiece of homemade artistry, showcases desserts such as the luscious chocolate mousse cake and apple tart crafted with authentic Hardanger apples.

Local cider from Hardanger is served in crystal glasses as the crackling fireplace adds a touch of magic.

Bring a touch of luxury to your Christmas celebration this year with chef Jon Aga's extraordinary festive menu!


The days between Christmas and New years eve are for gathering your loved ones and enjoy good food and drinks. Perhaps one of your gatherings will feature these three dishes this year?


  • 500 g lobster shells
  • 300 g sea trout
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 20 g salt
  • 80 g ice cubes
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 dl heavy cream

Blend everything in a food processor until it forms a thick batter. Pour into greased molds and bake in the oven at 173 degrees Celsius.


  • 1 kg lobster shells
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of Chinese garlic
  • 1 tbsp green curry
  • ½ can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 liter water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 liters heavy cream

Sear the lobster shells in butter and oil, add onion and garlic, continue frying. Add green curry, chopped tomatoes, water, coconut milk, brown sugar, and cream. Simmer for 45 minutes, strain, and reduce to the desired flavor.

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  • 800 g halibut
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

Mix olive oil and lemon juice.

Cut the halibut into 4 large pieces and sprinkle with salt.

Grease an ovenproof dish with oil and lemon mixture, place the fish pieces on it, and bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 8 minutes.


  • 1/2 Chinese garlic
  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g room temperature butter
  • 1 tbsp truffle oil
  • Salt and ground pepper

Slice the garlic thinly and place 150 g butter in a saucepan with the garlic.

Sauté it over medium heat until it turns golden brown, not burnt. Set it aside and let it cool.

Take out the garlic and place it on kitchen paper.

Whip the room temperature butter with an electric mixer until it becomes a white foam.

Chop the garlic and add it to the butter, add the truffle oil.

When the butter in the pan has cooled, mix it with the truffle butter.

Season with salt and ground pepper, put it in a mold, and refrigerate until it becomes cold.


  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 tbsp tarragon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Pan-fry in oil for 2 minutes, sprinkle with tarragon, and continue baking in the oven for 15 minutes.

Place the roasted carrot at the bottom of the plate, the fish on top, and put a large cube of truffle butter on the hot fish.

Savor this flavorful combination of oven-baked halibut, luxurious truffle butter, and juicy carrots – a gastronomic delight for the palate.

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To culminate the incredible flavor journey, indulge in a delightful apple dessert made with local apples.


  • 600 g Apple Puree
  • 60 g Cornstarch
  • Seeds from 2 Vanilla Pods
  • 3 cl Calvados
  • 360 g Egg Whites
  • 200 g Sugar

Bake apples in the oven and blend the fruit pulp into a puree.

Cook the puree with cornstarch, and season it with Calvados and vanilla.

Whip the egg whites stiff with sugar.

Gently fold the puree into the whipped egg whites.

Fill buttered and sugar-dusted glasses/cups.

Bake in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 5-7 minutes.

Serve with a delightful blend of sweet and tangy accompaniments.

Need culinary assistance? Dial Jon directly for guidance at +47 900 34 636.

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