Preparation time: 15 mins.
Main utensil: sharp knife
For 4 people you need:
4 pickled herrings
1 small onion
1 eating apple
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 pint soured cream (or 1/4 pint single cream and 1 dessertspoon lemon juice)
To pick 6 herrings:
Brine: 2 oz. salt
1 pint water
1 pint vinegar, preferably white
1 tablespoon pickling spices
Fillet 6 large herrings, soak in the brine for 2 hours. Roll herrings, cover with cold spiced vinegar made by boiling vinegar and spices. Put into screw top jars with sliced onion, bay leaf. Leave 5-6 days.
1. Drain herrings. Cut in half lengthways; cut each half into 4 strips.
2. Arrange on serving dish.
3. Slice onion. Cover with boiling water, drain after 1 minute.
4. Core and slice apple, sprinkle slices with lemon juice. Reserve a few apple slices for garnish.
5. Blend rest of apple, onion rings, cream and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Season well.
TO SERVE: Spoon dressing over herring pieces, garnish with apple slices – watercress may be used if desired.
TO VARY: Use yoghourt instead of soured cream, add a few capers and finely chopped gherkin to the mixture.
Pickled herring and beetroot salad: Mix chopped herrings with diced cooked potato, diced cooked beetroot, diced apples. Toss in mayonnaise.
TO STORE: Cover lightly with foil and keep in a cool place.
Photograph courtesy of the Herring Industry Bureau, ©Copyright Hamlyn Group Ltd. 1973