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Pomgranateherring for Christmas

To pickle herring is a favorite activity of mine before Christmas.  A very great nordic tradition and as I´ve said before, I don’t do it often enough and when I do, I do the same old recipes as always. Herring from Brantevik for example is always part of my Christmas dinner, but this year I felt like experiment a bit….go wild and crazy if you will.

Therefore, I wanted to mix another combination than I usually do. I like clear herrings best and when I found a package of frozen pomegranate seeds in the freezer everything fell into place.

I would try with these beautiful and tangy small beads. They are not just tasty, but very “Christmassy” too. With a little green onions and favorite spice allspice, it became a really fresh and delightfully pickled herring that will join my all time favourites at my Christmas dinner. (The seeds will, unfortunatly lose some of the colour, but you can allway sprinkle some fresh ones before serving the herring)
Here you go!

4 pers

One can of herring ready to be pickled
0.5 cups vinegar (12 percent)
1 cup granulated sugar
1.5 cups water
8 allspice
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed

4 scallions
1.5 cups pomegranate seeds

1. Rins the herring in cold water. Drain and wipe of exess water.
2. Boil infusion (sugar, vinegar and water) until the sugar melts. Allow to cool.
3. Grind allspice and mustard seed and place in the infusion.
4. Cut the scallions into thin slices.
5. Cut herring in about 1 cm wide pieces.
6. Wind herring, pomegranate seeds and onions in a jar with a lid.
7. Pour over the infusion and let it rest two days in the fridge.

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Pernilla Elmquist

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