Four recipes for Midsommar herring
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Midsommar what ?
Midsummer or Midsommar in swedish is the most traditional swedish holiday. The celebrations are organised on a Friday, in June, close to the summer solstice.
Between bonfires, ring-dances around the maypoles entirely decorated with leaves and flower, best friends and family gather in their finest summer clothes, wear their most magnificant flower crowns and enjoy the traditional midsummer herring.
Four flavour associations
Classical Pickled Herring
- Red onions,
- Bay leaves,
- Lingonberries (or cranberries),
- Bay leaves.
Creamy Herring with Ramsons
- Thick sourcream,
- Chopped ramsons.
Serve the herring with chopped chives, sour cream, boiled young potatoes, dill, hard bread, beer, cheese and butter. For desert there is always strawberries with cream !
Don’t forget the snaps
Songs are sung to accompany the snaps (flavoured vodka) and herring combinations. The flavouring of the snaps is traditionally a very personal matter but includes a few of the following: cumin, fennel, anise, dill, elderberries, black currant, lingonberries, vanilla, rosemary, wormwood, etc in a myriad of combinations.