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Sal Vanilla Jul 14, 2009 06:58 PM

I got a bug for pickled herring yesterday and when I picked up the giant jar of the most fabulous looking filets and a Norwegian man came from behind and declared them to be the best he has had since childhood...

Well, I have 26 ounces of herring in wine marinade staring me down.

I am looking for some fun things to do with it. Good things to go along side it... I have beets and cipollini onions sitting in my yard. I make bread. What do you creative people think?

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  1. Full tummy Jul 14, 2009 07:10 PM

    Some sort of cabbage, fennel, apple slaw?

    1. todao Jul 14, 2009 08:12 PM

      Herring mixed with sauted shrimp on a bed of scrambled eggs. Fried potatoes (German fried potatoes, of course) on the side.
      Whip two eggs with about 1/4 tsp vinegar into a batter before putting them into the pan over medium low heat for a softer/fluffier scramble.

      1. BobB Jul 15, 2009 09:15 AM

        Rollmops are a classic German approach - herring filets wrapped around a piece of pickled onion, dill pickle, or both. You can get creative and add a touch of mustard, hot pepper, anchovy, etc.

        My mouth is watering just thinking about this...

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          Sal Vanilla Jul 15, 2009 10:59 AM

          Hmmm. I have beautiful onions right now. Maybe I will pickle them. Anchovy and herring? This is done?? I have them. I will try it. Thank you. Maybe I will pickle some beets too.

        2. JungMann Jul 15, 2009 09:37 AM

          You can bread and fry them to make bratherring (another German favorite).

          I like them on a hearty cracker with sliced onions, maybe sieved eggs and nothing more.

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            Sal Vanilla Jul 15, 2009 11:00 AM

            What are sieved eggs? I am thinking about making matzo crackers to make matzo crack, but I could make lots of extra. Would matzo work?

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              BobB Jul 15, 2009 11:35 AM

              Hard boiled eggs pushed through a sieve or ricer. Sometimes used as an accompaniment to caviar as well.

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                JungMann Jul 15, 2009 12:40 PM

                Matzo would work, the first time I had pickled herring was on saltines. My preference is for something hearty like a Wasa cracker or Scandinavian flat bread.

            2. Botch Jul 15, 2009 09:56 AM

              Right outta the jar, with a glass of red wine in the other hand!
              I mean, if it's really good pickled herring, does it need anything? mmm

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                Sal Vanilla Jul 15, 2009 10:56 AM

                Red wine?

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                  newfie29 Jul 15, 2009 11:29 AM

                  On a Wasa cracker with a slice of cucumber - divine.

                  Or slather it with a curry cream sauce - also to die for.

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                    BobB Jul 15, 2009 11:37 AM

                    Red wine would not be my choice either. Iced vodka on the other hand, now you're talking! Can you say zakuski?

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                      Botch Jul 15, 2009 12:46 PM

                      I think it's a habit, since my parents always had red wine with them. Hmm, vodka, brings to mind chilled sake too

                2. Veggo Jul 15, 2009 12:00 PM

                  Great snack food while perusing Chowhound. Pickled herring and kimchi are two of the comfort foods on my profile, and I have emptied many jars of both in between tapping away here...
                  Maybe the mods would like to buy me a case so I do more eating and less tapping?

                  1. shaogo Jul 15, 2009 12:59 PM

                    Make an "Asian fusion" "pizza." Go to a good Chinese restaurant and order a few orders of scallion pancakes. Spread cream cheese on the scallion pancake triangles (you may want to crisp the triangles in the oven/toaster oven). Place herring pieces and fresh minced Vidalia onion on the triangles and top with Romanoff black caviar (the cheap stuff from the supermarket).

                    I would also take the herring and cut each piece in at least two (unless they're herring "tidbits") and mix with lots of sweet onion slices and hunks of cucumber (that you've salted and let drain for about 1/2 hour), and shredded carrot. You've got yourself a salad worthy of being the main dish at lunch or brunch.

                    Finally, *that* much pickled herring is worth buying a bunch of fresh dill for.

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                      cimui Jul 15, 2009 01:21 PM

                      Fascinating. A truly fascinating suggestion with those scallion pancakes. And I bet really good.

                      I just eat mine with plain ol' potato, potato salad made with cucumbers, or dense rye bread!

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                      cimui Jul 15, 2009 01:26 PM

                      Maybe a few more interesting suggestions, here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/292454

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                        averagejosefine Oct 20, 2013 07:22 AM

                        My mother is German and at Christmas she would make a potato salad useing the Herring... it never was my favorit and remember pulling out the herring... but think it was made close to the Amish potato salad useing sour cream in place of Mao.

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