Potatoes with Herring – Russian Staple Dish!

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The infamous well-known Russian dish – potatoes with herring!   This dish along with borcht, oliv’e and maybe herring beet salad are the staples of Russian cuisine.  I bet if there would be a survey sent out to our Russian friends out there –  for many this dish would rank in their most loved meals.  I mean time passes by, we get older, move to different countries, try so many amazing cuisines…but still would choose to eat this dish anytime simply because we Russians still love it!:)

There are many brands of Herring sold out there, in vinegar, in oil, in mustard, fresh…my choice is a herring in oil with no spices added.  I love the brand called Matjes “Original” version, it is sold in most Russian Supermarkets.  To make this herring more tasty I like to add freshly cut up scallions, dill, onions and garlic to it and this takes this “Seledka” (Russian for Herring) to the totally different level.  The potatoes for this dish, can be cooked in various ways though.  I’ve made with dish with mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or fried potatoes.  However,  it all comes down to your preference.  Below is a photo of  this dish, I made back in 2011.  It is boiled and cut up potatoes, herring with smoked salmon and red bean salad.

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Today, I had a major craving for some pan-fried potatoes and used a new method of cooking them, which worked great!  Before I would always peel and simply cut up my potatoes, but the pieces were uneven and the process took forever to make.  I thought what would make the slices look evenly chopped, thin enough to cook fast and look presentable:)  Then I remembered once seeing a recipe for making home-baked potato chips and decided to use my Mandoline Slicer to slice up potatoes, but instead of baking them or submerging them in oil just slightly fry them on the pan with a little bit of vegetable oil added.  The experiment turned out to be a success!  They cooked under 15 minutes, were very tender (if you want them crispy just cook longer) and looked great.   Well, enough talking…let’s get cooking:)

Ingredients:

2 Medium Potatoes
Freeze dried or fresh (chopped) garlic
Freeze dried or fresh purple onion
Dried or fresh parsley (can replace with dill or whatever you have available)
Freeze dried scallions (can use fresh ones too)
1 Fillet of Herring in Oil
1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Medium Size Carrot (for garnish)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
 

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How to make Potatoes with Herring:

1.  Wash your potatoes very well, since there is no need to peel these potatoes for this recipe.  I always use my Veggie Brush by Joie for this, click here if you need more info about it.  Then using your Mandoline slicer on the second to last lowest setting, slice them up.

2.  They should look evenly sliced, but not too thin…so they wouldn’t break when frying.  I would say ideally about 2-3 mm in thickness.  Then heat up your pan, add your vegettable oil and cook your potatoes on medium to high heat for about 15-20 minutes or until tender.  You will need to be turning them over constantly during the process so they all get cooked through.  Don’t add too many slices all at ones, I would say one potato at a time for medium size pan.

3.   When they are almost done, add your salt, garlic, dried parsley and pepper.  Mix well and let them absorb the spices and for the garlic to brown up a little bit.  In the photo below as you can see, in the middle some potato slices are not done yet, they should turn to nice golden color when cooked.

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4.  While your potatoes are cooking, take out your herring fillet and cut it up in pieces.  I try to do diagonal cuts so they are nice and long.  Then add onions, garlic, scallions and parsley to your “Seledka:)”.  If it’s on the dry side, you can add some olive oil to it as well.

5.  Once your potatoes are ready plate both ingredients together and sprinkle with additional herbs, salt and pepper.  Doesn’t this look divine?:)

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6.  If you have some extra time on your hand you can also add some style to your plate by making a rose out of fresh vegetables.  I used a carrot and rosemary, but other hard vegetables may work as well.

7.  Looks a little complicated to make?  No worries, it is so easy to do if you have the right gadgets:) Love kitchen gadgets!  To make this rose all you need is a tool called a carrot curler.  Here is a link for it on Amazon, it costs under $10.  We also have other kitchen gadgets we use added in our shop, so feel free to visit:)  So, to do this simply peel your carrot and use this tool to make a thin strips of it, then just roll it up into a rose.  Use the thicker side of the carrot, if your carrot is too thin it might not work well.

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8.  Now your dish is all ready!

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9.  Here is another idea to plate this a little differently.  Before using your madoline slicer cut your potato in half, and then slice it up on the lowest setting.  As far as herring, just roll it up, put cherry tomatoes inside, sprinkle with onions and herbs and top with chives.  Use arugula and carrot rose to garnish.   I hope you enjoyed this dish, if it’s one of your top 10 favorite dishes of all time like this page:)

Enjoy!

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Love,

Natalie

Potatoes with Herring - Russian Staple Dish!
 
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Potatoes served with herring with herbs, garlic and onion.
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Cuisine: Russian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • Freeze dried or fresh (chopped) garlic
  • Freeze dried or fresh purple onion
  • Dried or fresh parsley (can replace with dill or whatever you have available)
  • Freeze dried scallions (can use fresh ones too)
  • 2 Fillets of Herring in Oil
  • ½ Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Medium Size Carrot (for garnish)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Instructions
  1. Wash your potatoes very well, since there is no need to peel these potatoes for this recipe. Then using your Mandoline slicer on the second to last lowest setting, slice them up.
  2. They should look evenly sliced, but not too thin…so they wouldn’t break when frying (ideally about 2-3 mm in thickness). Then heat up your pan, add your vegettable oil and cook your potatoes on medium to high heat for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. You will need to be turning them over constantly during the process so they all get cooked through. Don’t add too many slices all at ones, I would say one potato at a time for medium size pan.
  3. When they are almost done, add your salt, garlic, dried parsley and pepper. Mix well and let them absorb the spices and for the garlic to brown up a little bit.
  4. While your potatoes are cooking, take out your herring fillet and cut it up in pieces. I try to do diagonal cuts so they are nice and long. Then add onions, garlic, scallions and parsley to your “Seledka:)”. If it’s on the dry side, you can add some olive oil to it as well.
  5. While your potatoes are cooking, take out your herring fillet and cut it up in pieces. I try to do diagonal cuts so they are nice and long. Then add onions, garlic, scallions and parsley to your “Seledka:)”. If it’s on the dry side, you can add some olive oil to it as well.
  6. Once your potatoes are ready plate both ingredients together and sprinkle with additional herbs, salt and pepper.
  7. If you have some extra time on your hand you can also add some style to your plate by making a rose out of fresh vegetables. I used a carrot and rosemary, but other hard vegetables may work as well.
  8. Use your carrot curler to make this rose. So, to do this simply peel your carrot and use this tool to make a thin strips of it, then just roll it up into a rose. Use the thicker side of the carrot, if your carrot is too thin it might not work well.
  9. Enjoy!

 

 

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