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Oh, glorious Christmas with good eats, decorated trees, family fun and more good eats. must admit, in my family it is all about the food, and most of it holds long traditions in Scandinavia. Like Pickled Herring.
Pickled herrings have been a staple in Northern Europe since Medieval times, being a way to store and transport fish, especially necessary in meatless periods like Lent. The herrings would be prepared, then packed in barrels for storage or transportation.
Nowadays it is a treasured food for the X-mas breakfasts, lunches, buffets, and tapas’. You simply cannot celebrate a real Christmas without herring at this neighborhood. And it is delicious!
There are lots and lots of readymade pickled herrings to be bought, but the very best is the one you make yourself. Now, I do not do it completely from scratch, meaning I buy the cured herring, and take it from there.
This recipe is with mustard and fresh apples. I am not used to apples with my herring, but I must say they added a very nice crunch and freshness. There will be apples with my mustard-herrings from now on!
In the recipe below you’ll see that I put a lot of onions and apples in my herring, simply because I like it that way. Feel free to use less if that is what you prefer.
Pickled Herring with Mustard and Apple (yields two large glasses)
- 300 grams cured herring, sliced
- 2 green apples, peeled and sliced
- 2 onions, peeled and sliced
- A bunch of fresh dill, chopped
- 6 tablespoons coarse mustard
- 1.5 tablespoon sugar
- 1.5 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 0.75 dl sunflower oil
- 6 tablespoons crème fraiche
- Salt and pepper to taste
Stir together the mustard, sugar, vinegar, oil, crème fraiche dill. Fold in apples, onions, and herring. Season. Put it into airtight container and refrigerate overnight.
The Danes use rye bread, but if you’re not keen on that then any type of bread will do. Or perhaps cooked potatoes, or flatbread? Also, very common to enjoy Aquavit with the herring. Skål!
(The herring will keep in the fridge for about a week.)