Sunday, May 15, 2016

Herring Under Fur Coat

Today we made a salad, very common Russian dish, Herring under fur coat. It turned out really good, although a lot more time consuming than we thought it was going to be. It definitely looked impressive and is a good dish to make once in a while. It could be great for a party, where you can decorate the top in a fancy way with various veggie pieces.
We also did not make 4 individual rounds as instructed in the recipe, but rather made a more traditional single dish. Also, more tinkering with the amounts is required, we think it would benefit from more beets and more carrots and more eggs to cover the whole surface area of the dish.

Here's the original recipe: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/herring-under-fur-coat
Completed dish

Served!

Cut into

Final layer!

Beet mayo layer

Beet layer

Carrot layer

Herring mixture layer

potato  - base layer

All the topping together

Exciting beet mayo

herring mixture

shredded egg whites

shredded egg yolks

beets

carrots


Ingredients:

2 large beets
2 cooked (boiled or steamed) whole potatoes
4 cooked large carrots (boiled or steamed)
4 large hard-boiled eggs
1 cup finely chopped pickled herring
1/2 cup minced sweet onion
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons chopped dill, plus sprigs for garnish
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Kosher salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Wrap the beets in foil and roast for about 1 hour, until tender. Let cool slightly, then peel.
2. Grate the potatoes on the medium holes of a box grater and transfer to a small bowl. Repeat with the carrots and beets, keeping the vegetables in separate bowls.
3. Halve the eggs. Separate the yolks and white sand grate separately. Grate the egg whites and yolks on the small side of the grater, put each into a different bowl.
4. In another bowl, mix the herring with the onion, oil and chopped dill.
5. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons of the grated beets.
6. Choose a casserole or pie dish, and layer the salad in the following way: grated potatoes, salt, herring mixture, carrots, beets, salt, beet mayonnaise, egg whites, egg yolks and garnish with dill sprigs.

What we liked:

Very colorful and exciting. It was very pretty. Nick loved the purple mayonnaise. 

What we didn't like:

Too complicated to make on a regular basis. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He didn't care much for it. 

Next time:

Just adjust the veggie quantities to the amounts specified above.