Kippered Herring SnackĀ Attack

February 29, 2012
4 Ratings
  • Serves mid day snacks for 2
Author Notes

This is turning out to be a really fun week! I have not been a big canned FISHIANADO (yep, I said it verryyyy punny) but in the spirit of learning I went out and bought, well, all of it. So far so good! I am liking these tinned treats! Today's offering is my new pal the kippered herring which turns out to be a nice fairly mild not salty stinky or oily fish. I used crown prince but the Bar Harbor ones are also quite good - both are wild caught all natural. —aargersi

Test Kitchen Notes

Aargersi's simple no fuss snack is so easy to make and really tasty. I made a couple of very minor changes, using a shallot rather than onion and I only had red beets so I used those, however, I do recommend you seek out the golden beets as aargersi uses because my snack turned pink (still really delicious though). The beets are a brilliant addition, they add a sweet contrast to the fish, tangy sour cream, briny caper and onion. I enjoyed this as suggested with saltines and cucumbers. It's a great snack, light lunch, or dinner. A recipe that utilizes very few ingredients, is easy to prepare, and tasty gets bonus points in my opinion (and this has it all). If you don't stock herring in your pantry I recommend you do so, if for no other reason than to make this snack. —sdebrango

What You'll Need
  • 1 - 3.25 ounces can kippered herring (naturally smoked kipper snacks!)
  • 1 cup cooked diced golden beets (I boiled mine - I normally roast them but I am out of foil)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon capers (I get the itty bitty kind)
  • 1 cup diced sweet onion (I love onion a LOT, maybe too much? This is a dish that everyone or noone should eat)
  • ground pepper
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • crackers and sliced cucumber to serve
  1. For the beets - boil them in salted water until they are tender. Cool, peel and dice.
  2. Mix everything but the crackers and cucumbers together, taking care not to break up the herring into too small of hunks. Pop it in the fridge and allow it to chill / marry for 20 minutes or so.
  3. Serve with crackers and slices of cucumber. This is going to make you want a beer. At lunchtime. Yum.

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  • Bevi
  • AntoniaJames
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Recipe by: aargersi

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13 Reviews

Cari M. October 11, 2012
Can I use this recipe and photo on my web site ? Will give full attribute and link to your site. Thanks
aargersi October 11, 2012
Sure! Go for it! I am flattered! I just tried to go to your sire but it wanted authorization to log on ... I probably did it wrong
BoulderGalinTokyo March 27, 2012
Wonderful flavors here, made last night with the roasted carrot you suggested. We got into a 'discussion' should we or not drain the herring--I thought maybe balance the lemon juice as a dressing-but too soupy so we just added 2 Tablespoons of oil. That your intent? Really delicious.
aargersi March 27, 2012
Good Morning! I did drain mine but not conmpletekly, I think I just sort of shook them off as I added them to the bowl. I am so glad you enjoyed tyhem!!!
BoulderGalinTokyo March 27, 2012
Good morning--10 PM here. Just finishing the wine... Love this new instant contact world. This was much better than just plopping fillets onto crackers. Thank you.
BoulderGalinTokyo March 11, 2012
We had the most wonderful kippered herring in Copenhagen, just heavenly. I like to try your 'snacks'-- know i can't eat just one-- but only beets here are the red canned kind. Use that? Or different veggie? I believed it was onion juice too!
aargersi March 23, 2012
Hi! I just saw this! I am not a huge fan of the canned beet - I think they can taste "tinny" - hmm maybe something else sort of sweet like a very lightly roasted carrot? Oh and I will go change the onion juice :-)
BoulderGalinTokyo March 23, 2012
Thank you for your answer. I will try the carrot-actually sounds better.
aargersi March 4, 2012
Hmm - my edit button is gone? That should be juice from 1 LEMON not juice from one onion in the ingredients
rainydayfriend March 9, 2012
Since you said you love onion, I was pretty convinced you were serious about the "onion juice." (And Cook's Illustrated says you can juice an onion by grating it on a box grater!)
Bevi February 29, 2012
My dad would love this. He is a HUGE kippered herring fan.
aargersi February 29, 2012
Thanks AJ! Yeah it really is best with good ole' saltines! I should know I just killed a half a sleeve of them!!!!
AntoniaJames February 29, 2012
You have totally gotten the accoutrements correct on this one. Saltines (water biscuits, but only if saltines not available) or slices of cucumber. Looks delicious! ;o)