See the Recipe. Russell Kaye

Christer Larsson of Christer’s restaurant in New York shared the recipe for this Christmas classic with us.

Yield: serves 6


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 cup Swedish vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. allspice berries
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 5 beets
  • 2 filets pickled herring, diced
  • 3 potatoes, peeled, boiled, and diced
  • 1 sweet pickle, diced
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • Freshly ground white pepper.


  1. Combine sugar, vinegar, salt, allspice berries, bay leaf, onions, garlic, and 2 cups water in a pot. Bring to a boil, then cool.
  2. Boil beets until tender, peel, place in a large jar, and cover with vinegar mixture. Refrigerate for 3 days.
  3. Dice pickled beets and place in a bowl. Add pickled herring, potatoes, pickles, and apples. Season with pickling liquid and pepper.