Before modern refrigeration, salting herring was a practical method of food preservation. Modern Swedes make the most of pickled herring—now a staple in Swedish cuisine—by bathing it in cream sauce, vinegar, and sugar, or even curry sauce. A holiday smorgasbord wouldn't be the same without a few herring dishes and some gravlax.
Pickled herring seems to be an acquired taste, because this beloved Scandinavian dish hasn’t quite gone mainstream in the States. It’s a distant cousin of ceviche and an excellent way to enjoy preserved fish.... Read More