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    Lithuanian Herring Salad With Onion and Tomato (Silke Su Pomidor

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    duonyte's Note:

    I remember Mother sitting around the kitchen table with her friends, skinning and gutting herring, to make this appetizer salad for New Years and other big community events. I am now able to buy herring fillets, which simplifies the prep quite a bit. Servings is a wild guess - I eat this with abandon, so be advised. Prep time does not include soaking or refrigeration.

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    1. 1
      You want to use salt brined herring fillets - I found mine at a Polish deli, sitting all ready to use in a big barrel.
    2. 2
      Place the herrings in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Refrigerate for about 24 hours, changing the water two to four times.
    3. 3
      Drain off the water and slice the fillets into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sized pieces.
    4. 4
      Thinly slice the onions.
    5. 5
      Heat oil in a large skillet; add the onions and cook until tender, but not browned. I often add 1/2 cup or so of water to help soften the onion without letting it brown.
    6. 6
      Stir in the tomato sauce and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or so, stirring and scraping down the sides of the pan several times. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
    7. 7
      Take a 1 quart glass or ceramic bowl. Remove bay leaves from the sauce. Layer the herring and sauce in it, starting and ending with the sauce.
    8. 8
      Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to permit the flavors to meld.
    9. 9
      Serve with a good, sturdy rye bread. If you are in the Chicago area, try Racine Bakery's Lithuanian Rye. Some folks like to eat this with hot, boiled potatoes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lithuanian Herring Salad With Onion and Tomato (Silke Su Pomidor

    Serving Size: 1 (93 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 57.7
    Calories from Fat 25
    Total Fat 2.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 240.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 3.8 g
    Protein 1.0 g

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    salt herring fillets

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