Since 18 June the new haring is in the land. They are a Dutch delicacy. There are many free standing stalls around town where you can buy only haring and sometimes other fish too. I bought mine today at the stall close to the Albert Heijn nearby. I had two to take with me and one on a sandwich to eat straightaway.
I made a salad, inspired on the salad i saw in a book i have Koken als Kaatje. It’s not as fancy plated, but i still liked it lots.
- spring onions
- fresh garlic
- 2 harings, slightly frozen (mine were in the freezer for around 4 hours)
- Granny Smith apple
- fresh basil
- fresh tarragon
- olive oil
- vinegar ( i used apple cider vinegar, but you can use a white wine if you wish)
Making the salad
- i bought the harings around 2 – i went back home, cut away their tails, wrapped them in cling film and put them in the freezer for like 4 hours
- at dinnertime i made the dressing, the vinegar, salt, pepper and mustard whisked, olove oil added
- the spring onions chived and added to the dressing
- got the harings from the freezer and laid them on the working bench
- i used the mandoline to cut the Granny Smith apple in 2 mm thick slices, cut those in small square pieces and added them to the dressing
- i cut the haring in thin slices, also around 2 – 3 mm thick and laid them on top of the salad
- i sliced basil and tarragon
- after thinking for a bit, i decided to toss everything together, i left it standing till the haring was fully defrosted
This was delicious!
Last week i ate the haring with oven roasted beetroot and boiled potatoes. It’s all pink though, but still yummy! And of course a new haring eaten with its tail in your hand is good too. The really young new haring i eat without onions usually, but sometimes it is good with onions too.
I’m not sure people not from the Netherlands will enjoy this as much as we do. To me, they are simply delicious, but i’m also used to them. So well.. you should give it a try!