We might not know how to pronounce ‘hygge’, but we can borrow some Scandinavian cuisine to cheer up mid-winter. A combination of herring, beetroot, potatoes and horseradish adds some welcome fresh tastes.
Herrings are oily fish, so provide that essential omega 3 as well as protein and other vitamins. You can buy them fresh, but for those with unpredictable lifestyles they are better pickled. The classic presentation is as ‘rollmops’ in brine, usually with extra pickled cucumber. Plain or mashed pickled herring is also popular in Eastern Europe as well as Scandinavia, so check out the ‘world foods’ aisle for some new ideas.
The beetroot and horseradish combine perfectly for both nutrition and flavour. This recipe is bulked up with either potatoes or pasta, but can also be done on its own to make a flavoursome starter or light snack.
Leftovers (if there are any) will travel well to the office fridge for lunch the next day.
1 tub of rollmop herring
500g potatoes, peeled (substitute with pasta if you prefer)
200g pack cooked beetroot
2 tbsp creamed horseradish
1 large onion
1 large apple
1 tbsp capers
For the dressing:
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
Drizzle of olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Pepper (the herrings will already be salty so don’t add more)
Claire - rollmops are usually sold in plastic tubs in the chilled aisle (the one where everyone is really relaxed...). That's where Tesco and Sainsbury have them, anyway. They keep well in the fridge - given the chance!
Aldi and Lidl sell rollmop herring in jars. Herring is very good for you, but something I have never personally tried. I might be tempted now though.
I have never seen nor tried rollmop herring. IS it tinned? Any suggestions as to where I can buy it?
I find horseradish is always sold out. But this recipe sounds very healthy and tasty so when I get some I will try it.