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Old 06-19-2015, 07:00 PM
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How do you eat pickled herring?

We never have the right kind of bread. Slices of boiled potato are too much trouble. So I eat pickled herring by putting some on a small plate, with some of the pickled onions of course, and just eating them with a fork.

How do you eat pickled herring?
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I get them in rollmop form, so generally they just get eaten straight off the skewer.
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With a fork.
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On a Triscuit with Swiss cheese or on sourdough bread with Swiss cheese.

Unfortunately, I haven't done this in a while because pickled herring triggers my acid reflux.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:14 AM
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Only time I've ever had it was at a street stand in Utrecht, so if I'm remembering right, I just ate it with a little bit of chopped onion and pickles.

Pretty much just like Rick does here...
Old 06-20-2015, 12:48 AM
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.....So I eat pickled herring by putting some on a small plate, with some of the pickled onions of course, and just eating them with a fork.
Exactly how I love it. Of course straight out of the jar works too. And now I have a craving.......
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With vodka, of course. And a piece of rye bread, or just naked.
Old 06-20-2015, 01:41 AM
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Old 06-20-2015, 02:04 AM
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Straight out of the jar, and maybe washed down with aquavit! Skoal!
Old 06-20-2015, 02:19 AM
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I prefer the variety that's in a jar with wine and onions, and eat it straight out of the jar.
Old 06-20-2015, 07:38 AM
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On a cracker.
Old 06-20-2015, 08:07 AM
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Either straight out of the jar, or chopped up in scrambled eggs.
Old 06-20-2015, 08:16 AM
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With my fingers, straight from the jar, while drunk, naked, and watching the home shopping channel.
Old 06-20-2015, 10:34 AM
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Is it that much different to anchovies?
Old 06-20-2015, 10:56 AM
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Is it that much different to anchovies?
Much larger piece of fish and a very different flavour.
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Is it that much different to anchovies?
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Much larger piece of fish and a very different flavour.
They're sort of the opposite of anchovies.
Old 06-20-2015, 12:54 PM
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On a cracker piled high with onions and with a shot of ice-cold vodka.
Old 06-20-2015, 01:24 PM
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Crackers. Usually the extra large Ritz-like ones. Sometimes with sour cream.
Old 06-20-2015, 01:42 PM
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Is it that much different to anchovies?
The only similarity is that they're both fish.
Old 06-20-2015, 01:49 PM
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I carefully arrange the pickled herring in a ring on a large circular platter, set a pile of boiled hot fingerling potatoes within the ring, tip some coarse salt onto them, garnish the potatoes with thin slices of dense German pumpernickel and sliced raw onions with a dash of vinegar and a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley. I pour out a glass of fine Russian vodka from the bottle I keep in the freezer.

Then I swallow the vodka in one quick gulp and tip the platter into the garbage can.
Old 06-20-2015, 02:02 PM
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The pickled herring available in grocery stores around here is Norwegian style in vinegar and I don't really care for it.
I much prefer the Ukrainian/Polish/Russian style that is in oil with onions. It is a vital part of any proper zakuska. We eat the vingar kind when it is all that can be had, but it is a poor substitute.
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Straight from the jar!

I loves me some rollmops!
Old 06-20-2015, 03:40 PM
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My mother always used to get a jar of this and she was the only one who ate it but she also made a point to hide the jar in the back of the fridge. I think I tried it once straight out of the jar and it was okay but not good enough to risk stealing all my mom's herring. The rollmops and all the other accouterments make it sound more interesting and now I want to try it again.

I think mom always tried to undersell it so we wouldn't want to try it. I don't think she ever bought the rollmops because she knew that a house of little German children with no aversion to preserved fish* would most definitely eat all of anything that was wrapped around a pickle.

*probably her fault anyway for always having sardines in the house.

Wiki says it's part of Baltic, Nordic, Dutch, German, Czech, Polish, Eastern Slavic, Scottish and Jewish cuisine. So is everyone here who likes it from one of those cultures?

For the record, we're from Wisconsin and my mom was German-Irish and my dad was German-Scottish-Italian. I don't think he liked the herring though.
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With black rye bread, it's hard to find real Russian black rye bread today . The bread is a lot heavier and with butter on it and pickled herring that is a meal to me. Yummy!
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I’m a fish-lovin’ kinda guy. And, I like my fish just like my cheese and my women—stinky. I like kipper snacks, I like caper-rolled anchovies, I even like fries with eyes. I like lox on my bagels, but prefer smoked whitefish salad on those Jewish donuts. I recently tried gefilte fish for the first time and although I finished the jar, I probably won’t buy any more (i.e. bland/boring). I have yet to try surströmming or hákarl…but, I’d probably like them.

So, I clicked on this thread with the best of intentions and realized I’ve never before tried pickled herring. Most of this thread's postings made pickled herring sound like something I was destined to try and love. I was intrigued. So, I immediately drove to my local Publix grocery store and bought a small jar of Vita Wild Herring in Wine Sauce and a box of Triscuits.

I opened the jar about an hour ago, and was not impressed with the appearance: small rectangles of fish flesh with pallor and dehiscence, floating in a murky broth. I pierced one of the rectangles with my diminutive appetizer fork (I never leave home without it) and started to transport it to my mouth, but it fell apart mid-way and fell into the kitchen sink. So, I stabbed another piece and succeeded in transporting it into my gapping maw. Hmm…

It was…interesting. I can’t say whether I liked it, or didn’t like it. I’ll need to try a few more pieces before deciding conclusively. If I end up liking it and decide to buy more, I will tip my hat to the OP and thank him for turning me on to yet another stinky delicacy. But, if I end up hating it and throwing the remainder down the garbage disposal, the OP is going to owe me $3.99 for that damned jar of herring!
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I recently tried gefilte fish for the first time and although I finished the jar, I probably won’t buy any more (i.e. bland/boring).
That's why it's traditionally served with horseradish.
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.....I pierced one of the rectangles with my diminutive appetizer fork (I never leave home without it) and started to transport it to my mouth, but it fell apart mid-way and fell into the kitchen sink....
Hmm. This is odd, because the pickled herring I know and love isn't that flaky. It's quite firm and would never just fall apart. The texture is probably close to a piece of medium-rare steak. In other words, no chance of just falling apart.

Odd.
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Hmm. This is odd, because the pickled herring I know and love isn't that flaky. It's quite firm and would never just fall apart. The texture is probably close to a piece of medium-rare steak. In other words, no chance of just falling apart.

Odd.
I was thinking this too, that never happen to me and I grew up having pickled herring, it never fell apart .
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And yet another reason why I love the Dope. There's a bastion of pickled herring lovers! Sweet mother of Og, I have found my people.

Pickled herring in either wine sauce or cream sauce served with saltines and cold Budweiser was a treat with my dad. Absolutely NO one that I currently know has any appreciation for pickled herring. I may go so far as to say they despise it and my breath when I eat it.

Gonna go get me some herring. Happy Father's Day, Dad!
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I have not had pickled herring, and has been posited in another thread, I am going to have to try it.
http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/...d.php?t=759526

Crackers with horseradish sounds interesting.
Would that be a good combination for a beginner? Are they anything like the canned sardines I can get around here?
I loves me some fish.
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With my fingers, straight from the jar, while drunk, naked, and watching the home shopping channel.


A man who could not marry off his ugly daughter visited Rabbi Shimmel of Cracow. "My heart is heavy," he said, "because God has given me an ugly daughter."

"How ugly?" the Seer asked.

"If she were lying on a plate with a herring, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference."

The Seer of Cracow thought for a long time and finally asked, "What kind of herring?"

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And yet another reason why I love the Dope. There's a bastion of pickled herring lovers! Sweet mother of Og, I have found my people.

Pickled herring in either wine sauce or cream sauce served with saltines and cold Budweiser was a treat with my dad. Absolutely NO one that I currently know has any appreciation for pickled herring. I may go so far as to say they despise it and my breath when I eat it.

Gonna go get me some herring. Happy Father's Day, Dad!
Please enlighten me. What is the difference between wine sauce and cream sauce?
I can kind of guess the wine sauce part, but can you explain herrings in cream sauce.
I'm am ignorant of this. Do these sauces make it more palatable than just eating a raw herring off the dock? (Eww) Or off the BBQ pit?
Sorry to ask but to my knowledge, while I have eaten many fish, I don't recall every catching or eaten a herring fish.

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But, if I end up hating it and throwing the remainder down the garbage disposal, the OP is going to owe me $3.99 for that damned jar of herring!
No, it just means you paid too much for the fish you ate!
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Hmm. This is odd, because the pickled herring I know and love isn't that flaky. It's quite firm and would never just fall apart. The texture is probably close to a piece of medium-rare steak. In other words, no chance of just falling apart.
Agree. The jarred stuff I get (Pike Place no longer being convenient) has no chance of falling apart.
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Crackers with horseradish sounds interesting.
Would that be a good combination for a beginner? Are they anything like the canned sardines I can get around here?
I think the horseradish is for gefilte fish. (I've only had it plain, and wrapped in bacon.) Crackers would be good; but as I said, I just eat them as they come from the jar.

They're not really like sardines. Sardines are closer to tuna. Pickled herring, the kind I get (not in wine sauce or cream or anything) are closer to sweet pickles but not as crunchy.
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You can add it to potato salad for a bit of a Russian touch. Also add dill and 10 times more mayo than is medically advisable, for that real Russian touch!


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Only time I've ever had it was at a street stand in Utrecht, so if I'm remembering right, I just ate it with a little bit of chopped onion and pickles.

Pretty much just like Rick does here...
That's salted herring, not pickled. Far, far superior!

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Please enlighten me. What is the difference between wine sauce and cream sauce?
I can kind of guess the wine sauce part, but can you explain herrings in cream sauce.
I'm am ignorant of this. Do these sauces make it more palatable than just eating a raw herring off the dock? (Eww) Or off the BBQ pit?
Sorry to ask but to my knowledge, while I have eaten many fish, I don't recall every catching or eaten a herring fish.
Really it's hard to explain unless you try it. It is nothing like catching and eating fish. They are sold as little square fillets in sauce. The wine sauce herring taste kind of like a fishy bread and butter pickle with onions, sort of sweet-sour. The cream sauce ones are less sharp, milder. I think it's usually a sour cream sauce, but I don't make them, I buy them so who knows. Go pick some up and try it.

I always ate them on a cracker but only because it slowed down the inhaling and made me eat less. Lately they come straight out of the jar on a fork, and if I am feeling patient they may land in a bowl in between the jar and my face.
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On toasted dark rye. I really with the Swedish deli that used to be near here - they had the BEST pickled herring in cream sauce. Most of the other stuff around here is in jars, but he Swedish place made their own, and I've never found anything quite like it since.
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Always as part of a larger meal, with all sorts of bits and bobs added in. That's the way it pretty much seems to be served here. At least in people's homes.
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Is it that much different to anchovies?
As much as it reminded me of anything I'd had before, it was probably closest to sushi, if it had been marinated in a pickling solution for a little while. Not intensely sour, and with the same raw fish texture and taste of sushi.

Essentially if you like sushi, you'll probably like the pickled herring, and vice-versa.
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That's salted herring, not pickled. Far, far superior!
I don't know... it sure tasted pickled to me, not just salted.
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"I just ate some picked herring with a dutch cheese."

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It's a tradition around here to eat it on New Year's Eve, so I tend to forget about pickled herring until then, then eat a bunch for the next month or so.

I've never had it on real rye bread, only that awful "cocktail" rye bread, so I'm going to have to give that a shot.

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Well, thanks to Johnny L.A. I bought a large jar in wine sauce today and am snacking on some right now.

Fantastic! I forgot just how good this treat is.
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Generally straight out of the jar. When I was in Denmark, though, I learned to eat it like the locals, on slices of their dense rye bread. Delicious. My favorite was pickled herring in curry sauce, which I unfortunately have not been able to locate in the US.
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My favorite was pickled herring in curry sauce, which I unfortunately have not been able to locate in the US.
Like this? (Shipping is prohibitive, but maybe you can search for the brand elsewhere.)
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Not...quite. The Danish version was brighter yellow and had visible spices floating around in the sauce.
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With a fork straight out of the jar.
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Pickled herring is one of the most vile things I've ever eaten. When I was 11, I tried a little, and the next day I felt like vomiting just thinking about it.
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Pickled herring is one of the most vile things I've ever eaten. When I was 11, I tried a little, and the next day I felt like vomiting just thinking about it.
If I let my 11 year old self's tastes dictate what I enjoy as an adult, I'd truly be missing out on some delights.
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