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

 

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2017 Alaska Herring Week Participants: Six Weeks Out, 45 Strong!

Smoked Herring, summer squash, radish and herb vinaigrette by Bar Melusine for NW Herring Week 2016. Photo copyright 2016 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We just updated our website with the first comprehensive list of participants in Seattle’s Alaska Herring Week for 2017. This year, Alaska Herring Week will celebrate gorgeous Pacific herring from the cold waters of Alaska for the week of Monday, June 19th through Sunday, June 25th, and six weeks out, we already have 45 restaurants, grocers and events committed to participate. Compare that to 33 total participants in 2016! And this year, we expand across Lake Washington to include East King County. This year’s lineup includes neighborhood favorites like Ballard’s Porkchop & Co., as well as world-renowned destinations like Woodinville’s The Herbfarm and SkyCity At The Space Needle, and every kind of eatery in between, and we continue to add more! Please check out our 2017 lineup now!