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Soused herring with heritage potato, celery salad and bloody mary sauce

Soused herring with heritage potato, celery salad and bloody Mary sauce

Soused herring with heritage potato, celery salad and bloody mary sauce

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  • medium
  • 6
  • 2 hours 30 minutes, plus 3 days marinating time

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1
Mix together the water and salt for the brine in a tub big enough to accommodate all of the herring fillets. Submerge the fillets in the brine and leave in the fridge for 3 hours
  • 500ml of water
  • 90g of table salt
  • 6 herring, filleted and trimmed
2
After 3 hours, wash the fillets in cold, fresh water
3
Add the vinegar and sugar to a pan and bring to the boil. Place all of the other sous ingredients in a heatproof container and pour the hot liquid over them, then leave to cool completely
  • 600ml of white wine vinegar
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 250g of onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 allspice berries, crushed
  • 1 sprig of thyme
4
Once the liquid has cooled, add the herrings and leave in the fridge for at least 2-3 days. Once ready, remove from the liquor, pat dry and use within 3 days
5
To make the bloody Mary dressing, mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl and leave to infuse for 2 hours. Once ready to serve, pass through a chinois to remove the pulp
  • 125ml of tomato essence
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp flaky sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 7g of horseradish, grated
  • 25ml of rapeseed oil
6
For the salad, cook the potatoes from a cold salted water start and bring to a gentle simmer. Once the potatoes are just cooked and tender, strain and allow to cool. Once cooked, cut into slices and place in a bowl
  • 500g of pink fir apple potatoes
7
Use a sharp peeler to remove any tough bits of the outside of the celery sticks. When they are nice and smooth, use the peeler or mandolin to make thin ribbons of celery. Add to the bowl along with the potatoes
  • 4 celery sticks
8
Peel the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Cut the remaining flesh into a concasse, or medium dice
  • 3 tomatoes
9
Add to the bowl with the other salad ingredients and season generously with the bloody Mary dressing. Arrange the salad on the plates and top with 2 herring fillets per plate. Serve immediately

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