Your favorite rosolje?
The "Potato Salad Secrets?" thread ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838925 ) led to a few mentions of rosolje, an Estonian salad made with beets.
A quick look online and there seem to be as many recipes as there are cooks! Other frequent ingredients include potatoes, herring and apples.
Please share your version!
All of this talk of rosolje has me craving it. I may make it at the next family get-together for my daughter's birthday!
Here's how I make mine:
1/2 lb. diced cooked beets – I like to roast them, skins on and then peel and dice when cool
1/4 lb. diced cooked potatoes, cooled
1/4 lb. diced cooked carrots, cooled
1 jar pickled herring fillets or 1 salted herring fillet
½ cup diced sour pickles
1 diced tart peeled apple, like Granny Smith
4 diced hard-boiled eggs
Dressing, mayo, sour cream, whole grain mustard, salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar
a bit of pickle juice
additional chopped hard-boiled egg
If using the salted herring, soak the herring fillet in cold water, covered, overnight. Rinse well, pat dry, and cut into half-inch pieces. Otherwise, if you have the pickled herring, just take out of the jar and dice it up.
Place the herring pieces in a large bowl and combine with the potatoes, carrots, beets, apple, chopped eggs, and pickles.
Mix equal parts mayo and sour cream and season to taste. I usually add a little whole grain mayo, a bit of salt and pepper and sometimes a tiny pinch of sugar. Sometimes I add a little bit of horseradish.
Fold the dressing into the diced vegetables, stir to coat and watch as it turns a lovely shade of pink from the beets.
Garnish with more chopped hard-boiled eggs and a sprinkling of dill if you like. Serve cold.
This is more or less how I present mine: