Both my family and I love herring. We serve it at almost most family gathering. My favourite is herring in cream and in Kashubian style. Kashubian style herring, i.e. herring fillets in tomato sauce with prunes, onions and spices, I buy ready-made in a store or prepare it at home from scratch. I serve this dish cold as an appetizer or snack. A characteristic feature of Kashubian herring is their slightly sweet taste, which is due to the addition of prunes and brown sugar. If you have a jar of herring in oil or salted herring at home, I recommend that you use it to make Kashubian style herring. The recipe for Kashubian style herring can be found below.
Ingredients for Kashubian style herring.
- 600 g herring fillets in oil brine or salted
- 2 bay leaves
- 150 g onion
- 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
- 2 berries of allspice
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- 10 prunes
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar (apple cider or white wine vinegar)
- 100 ml water
- 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt
- 350 ml tomato sauce
- a pinch of black pepper
How to make Kashubian style herring.
Pour oil into a pot, add chopped onion, then fry on low a heat for 5 minutes. Successively add brown sugar and continue frying for 5 minutes. Afterwards, add water and tomato sauce, bay leaves, allspice, salt, pepper, chopped prunes and vinegar. Bring it all to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let the sauce cool down.
Dry the herring fillets with a paper towel, then cut them into pieces, each about 2-3 centimetres wide. Place the sliced herring into a bowl, pour in the cold sauce, after which mix it and put it into jars. Set aside for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight, so that the herring is well combined with the sauce.
Good to know know making Kashubian style herring.
In this recipe, I usually use herring fillets in oil. Aside from drying them on a paper towel and removing any excess oil, I don’t do anything with them. If you use salted herring, you must remember to soak it beforehand in cold water for several hours. While soaking, the water must be changed several times.
Tomato sauce can be replaced with canned sliced tomatoes.
Do you like dishes with herring? If so, try our recipe for Pink herring salad.