So wrapping my mind around eating meat for breakfast- well, I'll do it, but I was looking for some alternatives.
Eggs, of course, are the obvious breakfast choice for paleo eaters, however, since my body really doesn't tolerate eggs (and I've tried so many ways to get it to tolerate eggs, from duck eggs to egg yolks only, baked eggs, etc...) I needed to figure out something else.
And then I thought- pickled herring!
I figured it should be simple enough to find some paleo herring, but nope, not easy at all, since pickled herring nearly always contains sugar and many of them contain vegetable oils as well.
Therefore, I decided to make my own pickled herring.
No, I didn't make it entirely from scratch, since herring are usually salted right on the boat, and it is nearly impossible to get them fresh. I used the salted herring that I got and used it to make my pickled herring.
It came out delicious, better than store bought pickled herring if I may say so myself. As for if it is cheaper- I don't know. I didn't do a cost comparison. Next time I make it, I will try and see if it is cheaper or not.
My kids really liked this, as did everyone in my family.
3 whole salted herrings, filleted
1 apple (of a sweet variety- I used Golden Delicious)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons allspice berries
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1. First you need to fillet your herrings if they aren't already filleted. I used the instructions in this video to fillet my herrings. Don't just throw out the innards though- remove the "good stuff" like the hearts and livers and enjoy them- they taste good.
2. Soak your filleted herring in water for a few hours to remove some of the salt.
3. Chop up your apples, onions, and lemons. I did my lemons and onions in rings and apples diced.
4. Slice up your herring.
5. Put the herring, onion, apples, lemon, cloves, allspice, mustard seeds, and peppercorns into jars. I used one big jar and one medium sized jar.
6. Mix your water and vinegar, and pour into the jars, making sure the liquid goes between the packed mixture.
7. Let sit to marinate for 2-3 days.
Are you a fan of herring? Does your family like to eat it? Do you usually buy your herring ready made or have you ever made your own homemade pickled herring? Does this seem like a recipe you'd enjoy?