Herring under a fur coat

Herring under a fur coat

How to make traditional Russian salad herring under a furt coat selyodka pod shuboi

Herring under a fur coat (or “dressed herring”, Rus. «cелёдка под шубой») is a favourite traditional salad for New Year and Christmas celebrations in Russia, and often decorates the table on special occasions both in Russia and in many post-Soviet countries. This bright multi layer dish should be made the night before the supposed consumption, and put into the fridge overnight (or for at least 8 hours). This way all the layers will get soaked mixing the flavours, and basic ingredients will become absolutely unrecognizable in the final version. Potatoes will smooth the saltiness of the herring, the apple will add a refreshing taste and the onions – a kick to it.

This is one of the dishes which you love or hate, so the question is – do you dare to try it out? I can guarantee you though that every single Russian person loves this salad to bits. Some of my foreign friends where puzzled when they tried this salad for the first time. When they tried it for the second time they seemed to enjoy it more and be more open-minded.

Note: Shape of the bowl: the bottom should be flat. You can see in some supermarket boiled and grated beetroots and finely chopped onions – grab those, they will save you great deal of time.

Herring under a fur coat

By admin Published: October 12, 2013

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    • 2 fishes brined herring
    • 1 onion
    • 2 potatoes (medium-sized)
    • 2 carrots
    • 1 beetroot
    • mayonnaise
    • 1 apple


      • Boil together unpeeled vegetables: carrots and potatoes, and the beetroot (separately). Cool down and peel.

      • Grate separately potatoes, beetroot and carrots. Remove the bones from the herring (if it is not a fillet), cut the into small pieces. Finely chop the onion and cover with hot water for 5 minutes.

      • Put the prepared ingredients into the salad dish, making even layers:

        1. Potatoes, even out and slightly spread over some mayonnaise

        2. Herring pieces
        3. The chopped onion onto the herring, spread over a thin layer of mayonnaise
        4. Carrots
        5. Peel and grate an apple, put as the next layer and spread over some mayonnaise
        6. Beetroot - final layer. Slightly spread over a bit of mayonnaise

        (Decoration tip – this salad is often decorated with grated egg yolks, optional)

      • Put the salad into the fridge and let it soak for at least 8 hours before consumption.