Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Does this look good?  It's herring in sour cream with fried potatoes and a mixed vegetable salad.

Today it seems that most people in Germany speak English.  That was not the case when I first visited Germany.  At the time, menus were also not in English and I had an interesting time deciding which foods to order.  It resulted in me eating quite a few things that I wasn't expecting.  I remember one meal in particular.  It was a large plate of warm herring in sour cream sauce, with boiled potatoes and a side vegetable.  Fortunately, I really love herring and was thrilled to have it served in that manner.  In the U.S. herring is mostly found in small jars and the cold herring is served as an appetizer.  Not in Germany though!

On our recent visit to Germany I was looking forward to again having herring as a main dish.  I was not disappointed!  I don't know where to order fresh herring in the U.S. but here is a recipe for the appetizer herring we're used to.  The benefit of this recipe is that you have more control over the flavor than if you simply purchased herring in sour cream.

HERING IN SAURER SAHNE (Herring in Sour Cream).  Serves 4.
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 medium sweet onion, cut into thin rings
2 (5 oz.) jars herring in wine sauce, drained
Combine sour cream, vinegar and sugar; blend well.  Add onion.  Arrange herring on serving dishes.  Spoon sour cream mixture over herring.
Garnish with sliced apple (see photo above).

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