Friday, December 4, 2015

Beet, Pickled Herring, and Potato Salad

Beet, Pickled Herring, and Potato Salad

Roasted beets and blue potatoes from the farm share, mixed with pickled herring chunks and red onion in a potato salad perhaps only a Scandinavian would love.


A recipe for roasted beets and blue potatoes from the farm share, mixed with pickled herring chunks and red onion in a festive holiday salad.

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My family Christmas Eve tradition is a Scandinavian style smorgasbord reflecting our Norwegian and Swedish heritage with Danish and Finnish influences and the occasional Icelandic cheese. It is not an official competition, but you get bonus points for all the various ways you can serve herring at your table. [None of the ways involve dessert, ease your mind. Beets will be in a dessert next week for #ChristmasWeek, though!.]


A recipe for roasted beets and blue potatoes from the farm share, mixed with pickled herring chunks and red onion in a festive holiday salad.


When I got blue potatoes in the last Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share of the year, I thought it would be fun to add another herring dish to the spread by making a beet & potato salad with pickled herring. I already know beets and pickled herring go well together from my Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad. I've enjoyed a shockingly pink sildesalat which combines smoked herring, potatoes and beets. So this combination is not a stretch--if you're used to the above--which is why I thought it appropriate to serve at my family celebration last year. With so many herring lovers around the table alongside me, my spouse and kids were in the minority and the salad was seen as a normal addition, not something far out.


A recipe for roasted beets and blue potatoes from the farm share, mixed with pickled herring chunks and red onion in a festive holiday salad.


If you're not Scandinavian, this probably seems really strange. Could be worse. Could be lutefisk. Just try this instead.



A recipe for roasted beets and blue potatoes from the farm share, mixed with pickled herring chunks and red onion in a festive holiday salad.


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A recipe for roasted beets and blue potatoes from the farm share, mixed with pickled herring chunks and red onion in a festive holiday salad.


Beet, Pickled Herring, and Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed roasted beets (I roast mine at 400 degrees F wrapped in foil for about an hour)
  • 2½ to 3 pounds small potatoes, any color, boiled in salted water until tender then drained
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped pickled herring (the kind in wine sauce with onion)
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup crème fraîche
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon salt, to start, I use kosher
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, to start, I use freshly ground

Instructions

  1. If you haven't roasted the beets, do so. They keep, roasted, in the fridge for several days if you've got a reason to have the oven on.
  2. If you haven't boiled the potatoes, do so. While I prefer my potato salads mixed when the potatoes are still a bit warm from cooking, other people in the house like cold potato salads. Do what you prefer.
  3. Mix everything together in a large bowl. Taste. Add more salt and pepper as you like. Serve.
  4. Don't forget to toast the fish with akvavit! Skal!


A recipe for roasted beets and blue potatoes from the farm share, mixed with pickled herring chunks and red onion in a festive holiday salad.



Note: I had to throw in a farm share and savory post in between the muffins and waffles, because next week is #ChristmasWeek and the blog becomes all holiday sweets, all week long. I'm starting off Monday with a Spiked Hot Cocoa Gift Mix, returning to my local jam with Maple Doodles on Tuesday, getting my beet on with my son's Chocolate Beet Brownies on Wednesday, trying something new with a Cranberry Chai Tea Cookie on Thursday, channeling my maternal grandma's Glasgow roots with Scottish Shortbread on Friday, and Saturday will close with No Bake Magic Cookie Truffles or Fresh Cranberry Mini Scones--too many recipes, only 6 days of #ChristmasWeek.

4 comments:

  1. Could be lutefisk -- laughing out loud!

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    1. Alanna,
      Thank you very much, I'm here all week! Don't forget to tip your servers!
      :)

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  2. My favorite Scandinavian dish you've shared would have to be the oven baked pancake. In fact, now I'm craving one. Tis the season.

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    1. Meghan,
      Yes it 'tis.
      It's been so mild so far that I'm starting to despair for snow days. It's my favorite thing to bake on a snowy morning.
      Thanks!

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