Approx cost: €3
Approx calories (per serving): ~520
Approx preparation and cooking time: 20 mins
I don’t know about you, but I love going to Ikea. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak, but I love wandering around dreaming about the things I could buy if I actually had a house, instead of an apartment, and a garden. Sure, they have some funky stuff in Ikea, but they also have some really good, solid furniture. Having family in Sweden I’m also no stranger to the various foods common there and so I particularly enjoy the food-store at the end of the shopping trip. While they don’t stock everything… or even most of the things I’d like to pick up (“Limpa” bread for example… oh my God!) they do, all the same, have a great number of things which I enjoy. Various things with reindeer meat, hard “knäckebröd” bread, and “dammsugare” cakes, whose name literally means “vacuum cleaner” are just some of them, and then there is the refrigerator of joy. Shelf after shelf of tasty little chunks of soused or pickled herring in various different sauces.
One of my favourites, and the basis for the recipe today is something called “Matjessill”. Wikipedia’s English article for this goes to the entry for Soused Herring, although I’m not sure if this is entirely accurate. I’d always thought soused herring was a lot sharper in taste (perhaps I’m completely wrong and have it confused with pickled herring?!), whereas Matjessill has a very warm flavour. I can totally understand that it’s not to everyones’ taste, but if you live near an Ikea, or even if you have a place where you can get herring from (soused or otherwise), I’d strongly recommend that you give this a try!
- ~350g Potatoes
- 3 Eggs
- 150g (Drained weight) Soused Herring (Matjessill)
- Half an Onion
- 30g Butter
- Large handful fresh Parsley
- Start off by putting two pans of water on the stove to boil up. While the water is heating, peel the potatoes and then chop them in half before putting the potatoes into one pan and the eggs into another.
- While these are boiling, take the half Onion and chop it as finely as possible, before setting aside.
- If you haven’t already, drain the soused herring and set aside on a plate, and then wash the parsley well and chop finely. Once the eggs have been boiling for about 5-6 minutes, remove them from the heat and run them under cold water. When they’re cool enough to handle, peel them, and carefully separate the whites and the yolks.
- Chop the yolks finely and set aside, and then chop the whites finely as well and transfer to another bowl or container. After about 10-15 minutes, check the potatoes. If you can run a fork or skewer through them, they’re done, so take them off and drain away the water and you should then have something that looks a little like this.
- Slice the potatoes and then take a large, preferably rectangular, dish, and start to arrange the ingredients in columns, as per the photo below.
- Once this is done, sprinkle the onion and parsley over the top and take to the table (or serving area). Get everything ready to eat – forks, plates etc, and then melt the butter, either over a stove or in a microwave. Immediately before serving, pour the hot butter over the salad and serve immediately. It always seems a shame to mess up the perfectly arranged dish by serving it up, but the taste should hopefully make up for this pain!