A challenge wouldn’t be a real challenge if it was easy, right? Cooking with something you have never eaten, sounds like pretty big challenge to me. Thinking about it, eating or cooking with herring could actually been on my food bucket list ;-).
So when I got selected by food blogger Uit Pauline’s Keuken to join the #IKEAfoodchallenge*, and found herring in the basket full of Swedish delicacies, I decided my first recipe for the challenge should be one with the marinated herring with dill. Being Dutch it might be weird that I have never eaten herring before. Traditionally herring is to be eaten by holding the fish by its tail, dipping it in onions and letting the slippery raw fish then slide into your mouth; not really an appetizing idea if you ask me!
The first thing I needed to do is taste the herring from IKEA, sort of an “ok, there we go” moment. But I have to say: it was tasty! Salty, a bit sourish – perfect to combine with sweet apple, spicy radish and creamy crème fraîche.
*The Ikea Food Challenge is a Dutch competition that runs in September 2015. The winning recipe will be on the 2016 menu of all Ikea stores in The Netherlands.
Herring, apple and radish club sandwich
- 6 slices of whole wheat bread, each cut into 2 triangels
- 100 ml crème fraîche
- 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 handful of lettuce
- 3 thin slices of sweet apple, each cut into 2
- 1 jar of IKEA marinated herring with dill (“sill dill”)
- 4 large radish, in thin slices
- 2 handful of potato crisps
- Mix the crème fraîche with the mustard
- Toast all 6 slices of bread on both sides (in the meantime you can cut the apple and radish)
- Drain the herring and pat dry with some paper towel
- Once the bread is toasted we can start building the club sandwich: top 1 side of each slice of bread with some crème fraîche
- Top 1 slice with a handful of lettuce, 3 slices of apple and pieces of herring, cover with the 2nd slice of bread (crème fraîche side up)
- On top of that again some lettuce, slices of radish and pieces of herring. Cover with the last slice of bread (crème fraîche side down)
- Serve with potato crisps
I was surprised by the taste of this herring sandwich! It makes a great summer lunch but for a more wintery version you could replace the apple for sweet red cabbage and the radish for spicy red onions.