Salted herring - “Inlagd sill”
* 4 to 6 fillets of salt herring * 1Â½ dl(3/4 cup) sugar * 1 dl (Â½ cup) Swedish spirit vinegar * 2 dl (about 1 cup) water * 5 tsp. allspice * 1 bay leaf * 1 to 2 red onions * sliced dill sprigs
Soak the herring in cold water for 10 to 12 hours, or follow the directions on the package. Drain them. Mix the sugar, vinegar and water in a separate bowl. Add the allspice, bay leaf and onion. Pour the dressing over the herring and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut the herring in 1 cm- thick slices, cover with dressing and garnish with red onion rings and dill sprigs.
Variation: Instead of allspice, add 1 teaspoon whole cloves and 5 crushed white peppercorns to the dressing. Bring to a boil, let cool and pour over the herring reserving about Â½ dl. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Slice the herring and place in serving dish. Add the remaining dressing and garnish with red onion rings, cloves and dill.