Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs
The Russian name is "Selyodka pod Shouboy", that means "Herring under fur coat". It is a traditional national dish for just about any event. A more common name for this is Dressed Herring. Dressed Herring is loved and considered one of the most delicious salads by Russians everywhere. Try and enjoy! "Selyodka pod Shouboy" is served as an appetizer, accompanied by icy cold vodka.
- 2 salt herring fillets (Schmaltz)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 small red onion, cut into thin rings
- 5 potatoes
- 4 carrots
- 3 beets
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- Place potatoes, carrots, and beets into a medium pot and boil until all vegetables are tender. Boil eggs hard. Cool all vegetables and eggs.
- Soak the herrings in milk, covered, in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the fillets into 1 inch pieces.
- Arrange the pieces on a large dish side by side. Put herring meat evenly on the bottom. Evenly place rings of onion on the herring. Using a rubber spatula, spread mayonnaise evenly in a thin layer.
- Mince the potatoes and make the next layer of it. Again spread the mayonnaise over the potatoes.
- Then mince the carrot and spread over the mayonnaise.
- Mince 3 of the eggs and spread in the next layer, add mayonnaise and then the beets. Spread mayonnaise on the beets and mince and spread 1 egg on it to make the dish beautiful.
- This salad must look like a cake.
- Put the dish in the fridge for an hour.
This is very good recipe but to make this salad perfect you will need a big salad bowl to make your layers work. In traditional recipe you use marinated herring which you can find in Russian grocery stores sometimes they called Euro markets. If you are lucky to find Russian marinated herring you will need to debone it to make filets even one missed bone can ruin the salad but you can use super store marinated herring in jars but I find it too acidic and over marinated. You will need to pat dry it first to remove all marinade and than place it in milk for few hours. In my family we shred the onions and mince the herring but both ways work good
I grew up in Latvia while it was a part of the USSR and this salad was one of my family's favorites, the only difference is that my mother would cut up herring into smaller pieces and she'd also chop the onions.
One taste of this and my husband and I were transported back to some great evenings in Moscow.