Clove Herring Open-Faced Sandwiches

  • Serves

    serves 6

We love this herring in sandwich form, but Copenhagen's Gammel Strand restaurant usually serves the bread and butter on the side.


  • 4 pickled herring filets
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 7 Tbsp. sugar
  • 14 cup water
  • 6 slices thin, buttered pumpernickel bread
  • Lettuce
  • Minced onion
  • Capers
  • Chopped fresh dill


Step 1

Cut herring filets into thirds crosswise, put in a medium bowl, and set aside.

Step 2

Combine red wine vinegar, salt, black peppercorns, cloves, sugar, and 1⁄4 cup water in a small saucepan, then boil for 5 minutes. Cool completely.

Step 3

Pour clove mixture over herring, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Cover each slice of pumpernickel bread with lettuce and 2 pieces of herring. Top with onion, capers, and chopped fresh dill.

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