Dressed herring

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Dressed herring
Selidi pod shuboi.jpg
Alternative namesHerring under a fur coat
Place of originRussia[1]
Associated national cuisineBelarusian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian
Main ingredientsHerring, vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beetroots), onions, mayonnaise

Dressed herring, colloquially known as herring under a fur coat (Russian: Селёдка под шубой, tr. selyodka pod shuboy or just Russian: Шуба, tr. shuba), is a layered salad composed of diced pickled herring covered with layers of grated boiled vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beetroots), chopped onions, and mayonnaise. Some variations of this dish include a layer of fresh grated apple[2] while some do not.[3]

A final layer of grated boiled beetroot covered with mayonnaise is what gives the salad its characteristic rich purple color. Dressed herring salad is often decorated with grated boiled eggs (whites, yolks, or both).

Dressed herring salad is popular in Russia,[1] Ukraine (Ukrainian: Оселедець під шубою, translit. oseledets pid shuboyu), Belarus (Belarusian: Селядзец пад футрам, translit. selyadzets pad futram) and other countries of the former USSR (Lithuanian: Silkė pataluose, Latvian: Siļķe kažokā).[4] It is one of the traditional dishes served as zakuski at New Year (Novy God) and Christmas celebrations.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Iosebashvili, Irakli (9 Oct 2009). "Russia's national cuisine: Catching a herring under a fur coat". Rossiyskaya Gazeta – via The Telegraph.
  2. ^ Herring under a fur coat recipe with an apple
  3. ^ Herring under a fur coat recipe without apple
  4. ^ in the U.S.S.R., by Anya von Bremzen in Food&Wine, Published: December 2003
  5. ^ New Year Celebration History (in Russian)