Here in Russia, New Year is possibly the biggest public holiday of them all. The country literally shuts down from December 31st until Russian Orthodox Christmas on January 7th. Modes of welcoming in the New Year differ across the country – in the capital, it’s tradition to drink a glass of champagne in Red Square. But one unifying element, which appears on party tables everywhere, is the much-loved salad, “Selyodka Pod Shuboy”.
To the bemusement of foreigners, this literally translates as “Herring under a fur coat”. Be assured, while this traditional salad does indeed contain herring, traces of fur are still to be found! However the name does successfully evoke the heavy layering of vegetables that cover the herring. An alternative name is simply “dressed herring salad”.
This dish was often served by Soviet Jews on Shabbat and after Yom Kippur, when Jewish rituals had to be practiced in secret. It has remained popular to this day and the best way for you to discover why, is to try it yourself!
(This is truly one of my favorite dishes – had it the first time I came to Russia – feel in love with it and my wife to be too.)
Ingredients: (For large 12″ plate)
- 12-16″ oz. Herring fillet
- 7 Large Beets
- 4 med-large Potatoes
- 3 med sized carrots
- 9 large eggs
- 1 med. sweet onion
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- salt layers to taste
Pour out excess liquids and pat with a paper towel.
Mix beets with 5 to 6 tablespoons of Mayo
optional add: small amount of unrefined sunflower oil
one corner easier to spread this way
on to plate, sprinkle a small amount of unrefined sunflower oil
on to potatoes and add a layer of Mayo on top
Do not press it in. Add a layer of Mayo
sprinkle with salt and add a layer of Mayo
add a layer of Mayo and sprinkle with salt
the eggs, then refrigerate.
Grate a small amount of feta cheese
lightly coat the top and add a sprig of thyme
12-16 oz Herring Fillet
7 large beets
4 med-large potatoes
3 med carrots
9 large eggs
1 med sweet onion
1 cup mayonnaise
salt layers to taste – See more at: http://leascooking.blogspot.ru/2012/11/herring-under-fur-coat-salad.html#sthash.P0ecpvVn.dpuf