TrySwedish Thursdays: Swedish Pickled Herring and Cheese

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Pickled herring is a staple on any Swedish Christmas table. In West Sweden, they serve with a traditional cheese common to the region.

TrySwedish Thursdays: Swedish Pickled Herring and Cheese

Celebrate Christmas how they would in West Sweden, with pickled herring. Almost like a creamy potato salad, this recipe uses a cheese from West Sweden called Västerbottensost. Feel free to substitute any West Sweden cheese

Not sure what Västerbottensost is? Learn about the unique cheese from our article here

TrySwedish Thursdays: Swedish Pickled Herring and Cheese
Recipe Type: Side
Cuisine: Swedish
  • 400 g (14 ounces) pickled herring
  • 100 ml (3.4 ounces) mayonnaise
  • 100 ml (3.4 ounces) cooking yoghurt
  • 150 ml (5 ounces) grated Västerbottensost
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened (French) mustard
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  1. Drain the herring and cut it into pieces, about one centimeter wide. Mix together the mayonnaise, yoghurt and grated cheese.
  2. Crush the garlic clove and add mustard and a little cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Layer the herring and cream in a bowl. Let it stand in the fridge for a few hours. Looks a natural part of the Christmas buffet, or can be served as a starter with boiled potatoes, green salad and croutons of rye bread.

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