Wednesday, March 25, 2020

U Boat Recipes: Herring Salad

     This is a dish that definitely has an acquired taste due to the use of soused or wine pickled herring.  My Polish grandmother made the Polish variant of this dish when I was a teenager so I grew fond of it although it's not something I make often.  It wasn't until I started the research into this project that I was introduced to the German version of herring salad and I have to say I like it.  There are only 2 types of wine pickled herring that I see locally, Aldi and Vita and I prefer the Vita because it comes in a small container compared to what Aldi carries.  If you can find this item then the rest of the ingredients are easy.

German Herring Salad, 2 servings

for the salad

4 ounces pickled herring, drained and rinsed with cold water
1 medium apple, cored and sliced thinly
1 quarter of a red onion, sliced thinly
1/4 cup of diced bread and butter pickles or sweet salad relish (big chunks)

for the sauce

1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon each dried dill and dried chives
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

     Prepare the salad ingredients and place in a bowl.  In a separate bowl add all sauce ingredients and mix well with a spoon.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.  Pour sauce over the salad ingredients and with a rubber spatula, carefully fold everything together.  Place in a non reactive (glass or plastic) container and refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.


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