Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites

Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

This Scandinavian-style appetizer is a good way to try pickled herring if you've never had it. The potent flavor of the herring is balanced by a dollop of sour cream and the potato slice it's served on.

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  • 6 new or baby red potatoes (about 12 ounces)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 8-ounce container pickled herring fillets (see Note), drained
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • Fresh dill for garnish
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


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  1. Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, add 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Put potatoes in the basket and steam until barely tender when pierced with a skewer, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size. Slice each potato into ¼-inch-thick slices (discard the ends). Sprinkle the potato slices with salt.
  2. Cut herring fillets into pieces small enough to fit on a potato slice. Place one piece of herring on each potato slice, dollop each with about ⅛ teaspoon sour cream and sprinkle with red onion. Garnish with dill and a grinding of pepper.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  • Note: Pickled herring are herring that have been cured in salt, rinsed and then packed in a vinegar-based marinade that can be flavored with wine, mustard, sherry or cream—any flavor will work in the recipe. Look for it in jars or tubs in the seafood department at most supermarkets.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 piece
  • Per serving: 18 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 1 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 35 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 4 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 38 mg sodium; 5 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: free food

Reviews 1

December 31, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
a festive, traditional way to serve pickled herring Coming from Europe, I crave pickled herring now and then. I can eat it straight out of the jar and love every bite.nI was looking for an attractive, easy, creative way to serve it at holiday gatherings that Include friends and family that may be unfamiliar with pickled herring served straight up. This recipe answered all those requirements, and folks that never would have tried pickled herring found themselves tasting, and enjoying this Northern European treat because of the attractive and tasty presentation. This recipe has it all without a lot of work or effort: potato, herring, sour cream, onion, dill. And it's so pretty people that wouldn't eat it if you told them what it is, try it and love it! Pros: True to traditional Scandinavian ingredients, quick and easy, attractive, tasty Cons: None
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