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A variety of delicious Dutch dishes that showcase raw herring

On 14th June it’s ‘Vlaggetjesdag’ in the Netherlands – a traditional Dutch celebration that marks the start of the new herring season. Time then for a variety of delicious raw herring recipes that showcase the versatility of this most popular of Dutch delicacies!

Dutch raw herring dishes

Haring in roomsaus (raw herring in cream sauce)

Ingredients

4 fresh herring
1 onion
3 bay leaves
3 tbsp. of sour cream
1 tbsp. of olive oil
3 tbsp. of whipping cream
Freshly ground pepper
A pinch of sea salt

Preparation

First cut the herring into pieces of approx. 3 cm in size, remove the tails, and then place into a bowl. Next slice the onion and add, together with the bay leaves, sour cream, cream, olive oil, sea salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper, into the same bowl, before mixing thoroughly. Now cover the bowl, place into your refrigerator, and leave to marinate for at least 6 hours. Serve as a tempting starter or a tasty party snack.

Haring met appel (raw herring with apple)

Ingredients

2 fresh herring
1 tbsp. of dill
1 tart apple
1 tbsp. of lemon juice
½ tbsp. of sour cream
Pepper
Salt

Preparation

First wash the apple, remove the core and cut into small cubes. Now place the diced apple into a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Next remove the tails from the herring and dice before mixing into the apple. Lastly stir in the dill and sour cream, and season with salt and pepper. Delicious on Melba toast, rye bread or in sandwich.

Haringsalade (raw herring salad)

Ingredients

3 fresh herring
2 eggs
1 tart apple
1 shallot
2 pickled gherkins
1 tbsp. of dill
1 tsp. of horseradish

Preparation

First hard boil the eggs, place under cold running water and leave to cool before peeling. Meanwhile, finely chop the shallot and slice the pickled gherkins. Rinse the apple, remove the core (but not the peel) and cut into small cubes. Next cut the herring into pieces of approx. 2 cm in size and place into a mixing bowl. Now stir in the apple, shallot, gherkin, dill and horseradish, and season with salt and pepper. Finally, slice the eggs and use to top your salad along with a little more dill. Again, delicious on Melba toast, rye bread or in sandwich.

Tip: Unable to source raw herring? Try using preserved herring or order fresh herring from Holland at Home.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

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