Heringstopf Mit Saurer Sahne (Herring Salad with Sour Cream)

"I grew up in North-Rhine Westphalia, in Germany, where this is eaten quite regularly. I adopted this recipe from Recipezaar as it didn't have a home and I thought it'd be nice to actually make this recipe, also known as Herringsstip, as I usually just buy it ready made. I'll update once I've made it, but if you make it before me, please let me know what you think!"
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  • Sauce:

  • Blend thoroughly sour cream, yogurt, lemon juice and sugar.
  • Salad:

  • Peel onions and cut into thin slices.
  • Peel and quarter apples, remove cores and cut into thin wedges.
  • Blend onions and apples with sauce.
  • In a dish arrange herring and apple-onion mixture in layers.
  • Cover tightly and marinate in refrigerator for 5 hours.
  • Sprinkle with dill before serving.

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  1. twissis
    I didn't grow up in Germany, but was lucky to be exposed to the quisine as I grew up in the US. This is great & so worthy of 10 stars! I admit I doubted the apple & how much it would contribute. I was so wrong! All the flavors & textures just work for each other! I didn't bother to layer & just combined all ingredients, including the dill. All that said, I must add that I prob wouldn't do this again ... BUT I would buy the commercially prepared in sour cream herring product & add your variations, beginning w/Step 4. I guarantee it will happen! Yummy!
  2. Amis227
    This was perfect. I had just bought a big jar of herring packed in sour cream, so I got really excited when I found this one. Great combinations of flavor.
  3. Ri3603
    Also known as "Herringstip" in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany .:) I love this recipe it is outstanding with just some boiled red potatoes peeled hot. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM :) ~Ri
  4. Tia M.
    My father is Bavarian and grew up with all styles of herrings. I slightly modified this recipe however. I omitted the yoghurt and quadrupled the dill plus added a tablespoon of Dijon. Outstanding & delicious. Definitely going to be a regular in my books.


Hi, I'm 31 and cooking and living in England. I was born in Germany and that's where I grew up and lived until I came to the UK to go to University in 1998. I never went back to live in Germany, even though all my family is still there.
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