Herring – Dutch Culture

Hey ho everyone!

So what do you think about this picture down below ? Let’s guess what these gentleman are eating…

Photo Credit: stuffdutchpeoplelike.com

These people are dutch men who eat one of their favorite small, slippery, slimy, fatty, smelly sea-creature- the hallowed Herring! To say that the Dutch like herring is a vast understatement. It’s rather a a tremendous love affair between these two.

And  what you see on the picture is the proper ” Dutch way” to eat your herring. To do it the roght way, you must grab the fish by its slippery little tail, cock your head back to a slightly uncomfortable angle and take one large fishy bite.

There is an official herring season  and dutch people love it. They’ll eat at least 5 of these little fishies in this time.

The best way to taste and experience this special dish is to go to the Netherlands and try it.

If you don’t have the chance to travel there  and you still wanna make some herring yourself, just follow the recipe I’ve put below.

There are so many diffrent ways you can eat your herring, I’ve chosen the Herring salad for you.

  • 4 Dutch new herrings, cubes

    Photo Credit: dutchfood.about.com
  • 1 small onion, small cubes
  • 1 sour apple, cubes
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Tabasco
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • vodka
  1. Make a well seasoned sauce of the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and a splash of vodka.
  2. Mix together with the herring, onion and apple.
  3. Serve. Maybe add some potatoes with the  dish.
Instead of Dutch new herrings you can use ordinary soused herring/salted herring (herring prepared the same way, but not from the new herring season; the name depends on the county you live). Can be prepared in advance, store in closed container.

Scarlette ❤



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