May 05, 2010

Baltic Herring Casserole

Well... The title is a bit misleading. See, you can't get fresh Baltic Herring in Australia, so I had to substitute this with another type of fish. I am a complete devotee of jarred herring and thankfully I can get good Swedish herring here in Sydney. This casserole, however, has been something I've longed for every now and then until I finally realised I could try making it with sardines instead of herring! It's a victory! There is no better dish for cold winter nights... this is my comfort food :)

Baltic herring casserole

700 g sardines, gutted, filleted, fillets cut in half lengthwise and seasoned with salt
5-6 large potatoes, (any good all-arounder will do), cut into 1cm thick round slices
small bunch of dill, finely chopped
small onion, finely chopped

2 large eggs
400 ml milk
1 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp ground white pepper

Place a layer of potatoes on the bottom of a greased oven proofed dish. Sprinkle with onions and dill and top with sardines. Continue layer by layer until the dish is full placing a layer of potatoes on top. Mix together eggs, milk, plain flour and seasoning and pour over the dish. Bake in 175C for 1,5-2 hours. Serve with pickled beetroot.


  1. This looks delicious! especially as it's so cold right now! How does the baltic herring compare to sardines?

  2. Yum! I became a recent convert to herring. I was initially put off after (bizarrely) seeing a Wagon Wheels ad with a talking herring (don't ask why) but then a friend brought some over for our Swedish themed dinner party and I loved it! :D

  3. Von: Thank you! I think Baltic Herring might have a tad milder taste compared to sardines, but I am definitely going to try other herring recipes now that I have found the perfect substitute!
    Lorraine: It does require some getting used to, but definitely delicious! You should try herring on a Swedish Knackebrod, it's addictive!

  4. I can't say I'm a fan of herring as all I can think of is those jarred rollmops I tried many years ago. This, however looks delicious and the use of fresh sardines sounds fab!

  5. I'm going to try making rollmops next using sardines :) I have so many herring recipes I love and discovering how similar herring is with sardines is a great discovery for me! :D


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