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COCKTAIL: Sill & Dill From The Swedish Club (RECIPE)

Sill & Dill – Herring & Dill Martini – from the Swedish Club for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo by Zachary D. Lyons.

A herring cocktail, you say? Why, yes! It is!

Meet Sill & Dill, a herring and dill martini from the Swedish Club for Alaska Herring Week 2017! They are serving it in their bar on Wednesday, June 21st during their Fried Herring Dinner, and on Friday, June 23rd during their Midsommar Smörgåsbord, but if you want to try it, you had better make reservations in advance, as tickets will sell out!

Wanna make this at home? You’ll find the booze and pickled herring at Old Ballard Liquor Co. Here’s the recipe:

Sill & Dill
A Herring & Dill Martini

by Maureen Mullen, Bartender, Swedish Club

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 oz Old Ballard Dill Midsommar Aquavit
  • 2 1/2 oz Old Ballard Well Vodka
  • pickled herring
  • 1 lemon
  • dill fronds

Combine and ice spirits, stir and pour into coupe. Garnish with pickled herring, a lemon twist and a dill frond.

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Smoked Herring Tacos From Freshy’s Seafood Shack

Smoked Herring Tacos, served on a 6” corn tortilla with fresh Pico d Gallo and cabbage garnish, Red Salsa on side, from Freshy’s Seafood Shack for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for lunch, or a nice evening snack, on Mercer Island. Try these Smoked Herring Tacos, served on a 6” corn tortilla with fresh Pico d Gallo and cabbage garnish, Red Salsa on side, from Freshy’s Seafood Shack for Alaska Herring Week 2017. We did, and they are awesome! Who said herring isn’t Mexican? We sure didn’t!

Wanna make this at home? You can purchase the same Alaska Herring fillets being used by Seattle’s top chefs for Alaska Herring Week from Central Coop on Capitol Hill, Freshy’s Seafood Market on Mercer Island, Old Ballard Liquor Co. in Ballard, and Wild Salmon Seafood Market at Fisherman’s Terminal! (In fact, if you want to make life easy, you can get the same smoked herring at Freshy’s Seafood Market just up the street!) Once you’ve done that, here’s the recipe:

Smoked Herring Tacos

Recipe for Smoked Herring:

  • ½ Gallon CocaCola
  • ½ cup canning Salt

Brine herring fillets overnight, or about 6-8 hours

Rinse lightly in ice cold water

To Smoke:

Use any small or large  smoker on low heat, we like to use applewood for our smoke, smoke until the meat flakes easily.

Serve on 6” corn tortillas with fresh Pico d Gallo and cabbage garnish, with red salsa on side.

 

Alaska Herring Rillette Fritters from Le Petit Cochon

Alaska Herring Rillette Fritters from Le Petit Cochon for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo courtesy Le Petit Cochon.

Meet Alaska Herring Rillette Fritters from Le Petit Cochon for Alaska Herring Week 2017!  We’ll be doing Quality Control on these over the weekend. We hope to see you there!

Beer Battered Alaska Herring Fishwich from SLAB Sandwich + Pie, Lark & Bitter/Raw

Beer Battered Alaska Herring Fishwich, caper tartar sauce, smoked pickles, red onions, butter lettuce from SLAB Sandwich + Pie for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo by Zachary D. Lyons.

Now, this is a proper sloppy sandwich of herringliciousness from James Beard Award-winning chef, John Sundstrom! Meet Beer Battered Alaska Herring Fishwich, caper tartar sauce, smoked pickles, red onions, butter lettuce from SLAB Sandwich + Pie, Lark & Bitter/Raw on Capitol Hill for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Why do we need Alaska herring on local menus year-round? This sandwich is an excellent reason.

From Porkchop & Co.: Chopped Alaska Herring Toast (RECIPE)

Alaska Herring Tartine with smoked herring pate, seared porcinis, arugula, watercress, and pickled chiles from Porkchop & Co. for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo courtesy Porkchop & Co.

Check out Alaska Herring Tartine with smoked herring pate, seared porcinis, arugula, watercress, and pickled chiles from Porkchop & Co. for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Gorgeous!

Wanna make this at home? You can purchase the same Alaska Herring fillets being used by Seattle’s top chefs for Alaska Herring Week from Central Coop on Capitol Hill, Freshy’s Seafood Market on Mercer Island, Old Ballard Liquor Co. in Ballard, and Wild Salmon Seafood Market at Fisherman’s Terminal! Once you’ve done that, here’s the recipe:

Chopped Herring Toast
Smoked Herring Spread (recipe below)
Fresh Porcini Mushrooms
Watercress
Dense Bread
Butter

To prepare the herring:

  1. Assemble the cure (see below), then apply generously to the herring filets. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, pat the filets dry and smoke for 1 hour. (If you don’t have a smoker, roast the fillets at 400 for about 5 minutes, or until cooked.)
  3. Flake the fillets, being careful to pull out as many of the bones as possible. Put the herring flakes on a cutting board and chop into a chunky mash.
  4. Add the butter, oil, lemon juice, and mustard. Taste for salt and seasoning, and adjust as necessary.

For assembly:

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium
  2. Butter both sides of the bread and heat the bread on one side of the skillet. Toast on both sides.
  3. While the bread toasts, cut the porcini into thin slices. Oil the other side of the pan, quickly cook the mushrooms next to the bread while it toasts.
  4. Smear the herring on the toast, then cover it with the porcinis and watercress.

Herring Cure:

  • 1 oz Sugar
  • 1 oz Salt
  • ½ oz Chimayo pepper
  • ½ oz Ancho pepper
  • ½ oz Korean chile powder

Chopped Herring Spread:

  • 6 oz Herring
  • 2 oz Softened butter
  • 1 oz Olive oil
  • ½ oz Lemon juice
  • ¼ oz Mustard

 

Late Addition: Herring Unagi from FareStart!

Herring Unagi from FareStart for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo by Zachary D. Lyons.

Not satisfied with two fantastic dishes for Alaska Herring Week 2017 — Herring Fritters and a Herring Po’Boy — FareStart added a third at the last minute: Herring Unagi,  “Onigiri” Grilled Rice Ball, Kumquat, Jalapeño and Daikon Sprout. We tried it. And… BAM! Get thee to FareStart for lunch tomorrow!

Herringsalat: The Traditional German Herring Plate, From Altstadt

Herringsalat. Beet pickled herring, quark marinated herring, beet sauerkraut puree, strawberry and rhubarb pickles, egg from Altstadt for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo courtesy Altstadt.

During Alaska Herring Week 2017, we have a variety of traditional pickled herring plates from around the world. From Altstadt, here is the traditional herring plate from Germany: Herringsalat – beet pickled herring, quark marinated herring, beet sauerkraut puree, strawberry and rhubarb pickles, egg.