A Nordic Herring Sandwich with Beetroot, Pear and Walnuts

by eat in my kitchen

Herring Sandwich with Beetroot and Pear

A few years ago we went to a green island in the Baltic sea called Rügen. It was one of those spontaneous holidays that turned into four perfect days of beach and forest walks, late breakfasts and long nights by the fireplace with a mug full of steaming mulled wine on our laps, it was great. A friend offered us her cute little house right behind the cliffs, the cottage was surrounded by dense trees and total silence. Although the strong November storms had just started we wrapped ourselves in our warm jackets and scarves up to our eyes to discover this quiet island. One of our culinary finds was Rügen’s delicious seafood,  fresh, smoked and pickled, especially the herring is of excellent quality!

When I went on an aimless shopping trip a few days ago, I made a great discovery! With excitement I spotted jars with Rügen’s pickled herrings in one of the grocery stores in my area. Within a split second I could see it right in front of me, a pink sandwich, Nordic style with a sour herring and beetroot salad, thick beetroot slices, pear, walnuts and dill. I chose some crunchy potato buns at the bakery and, back at home, I put the roots on the hob immediately. My kitchen impatience called for a sandwich!

Herring Sandwich with Beetroot and Pear

 

Herring Sandwich with Beetroot and Pear

 A Nordic Herring Sandwich with Beetroot, Pear and Walnuts

For 4 sandwiches you need

hearty white buns, cut in half, 4
beetroot (with skin) 200g / 7 ounces
bay leaf 1
pickled herring (of good quality!), boned, drained and cut into thick strips, 200g / 7 ounces
sour cream or yoghurt 2 heaped tablespoons
olive oil
salt and pepper
crisp pear, cored and sliced, 1
dill, snipped, a small bunch, for the topping
walnuts, broken into small pieces, 4-6, for the topping

Cook the beetroots in salted water with 1 bay leaf for about 50-60 minutes or until al dente. Peel the roots and purée 1/3 of the them with 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a blender and season with a little salt. Cut the remaining roots into thick slices and coat with olive oil.

Mix the herring with the sour cream and 1 heaped tablespoon of the puréed beetroot.

Brush the bottom of the buns with a little olive oil and lay 3 slices of beetroot on top. Put some of the herring salad and a bit more of the puréed beetroot on top. Gently cover with pear slices and sprinkle with walnuts and dill.

Herring Sandwich with Beetroot and Pear

 

Herring Sandwich with Beetroot and Pear

 

Herring Sandwich with Beetroot and Pear