salmon and potatoes in a jar

We Americans have accepted canned tuna, sometimes even sardines and anchovies, but that seems to be about it for mainstream canned fish. German supermarkets, however, have entire shelves dedicated to canned, jarred, pickled, smoked, and cured fish of all colors. Maybe it’s just that my american taste buds have not yet adapted, but I tend to avoid this entire section of the supermarket. Yes, I have occasionally tried the ever popular herring (most commonly mixed with horseradish and mayo into some kind of salad) but, for now anyway, I am happy to generously give my portion to my German husband.

Dorie mentions in her introduction to this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar, that hers is actually “a modern version of a humble bistro classic, herring and potatoes.” I wonder if Ms. Greenspan knew that trying to sell herring to an american audience would have been a tough sell. As it was, I was a bit ambivalent going into the this week’s recipe. On the one hand I love salmon, but on the other hand, not so much gravlax. (which is salt & sugar cured salmon)

This recipe does take some time, but very little of it is actual hands-on time. The first day I cured the salmon in a mix of salt and sugar. On day two I boiled the potatoes and packed everything in jars with olive oil, vinegar and some spices. And on day three I served the salmon and potatoes, as per Dorie’s suggestion, with hearty buttered farmhouse bread and a squirt of lemon.

Final verdict: My husband really enjoyed it and I was actually pleasantly surprised. The salmon is cured, but very lightly so that it tastes more like fresh salmon than gravlax. The potatoes were also quite tasty and all in all I’m happy that I gave this one a try. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make it again.

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21 Responses to salmon and potatoes in a jar

  1. Elin says:

    HI, nice of you to drop by my blog to see how the salmon in jar fared 🙂 it was great experience for me…curing the salmon with just salt and sugar :p yea, it was well flavored and none of us had any food poisioning…hahaha I will make it again for I love salmon .

    Have a nice day,
    Elin

  2. Oh, I’ve forgotten all about the German propensity for preserving all sorts of fish, even eel! When I lived there, I avoided that supermarket section too, so maybe it’s not just an American thing. Yo were right, the salmon was only very slightly cured so it tasted a bit like salty sashimi. We liked I too :-).

  3. I meant, we liked ‘it’ too…

  4. Glad you enjoyed this – we were a bit “meh” but I am happy I amanged to make it on holidays anyway!

  5. Liz says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, too…I was beginning to think I was the only one 🙂

    • This was definitely an adventurous one for me and one I would not have tried if I was not participating in FFwD. In fact, I’m actually impressed with how many actually tried the recipe.

  6. Eileen says:

    I’m glad you were pleasantly surprised! I love that blue glass in your pictures. Pretty!

    • Why thank you, a friend bought them for me years ago and I admit that I didn’t like them at the time. But apparently my tastes have changed (and I moved into an apartment with a blue kitchen) because now they are my favorite wine glasses.

  7. I love the way you presented everything – and as a sidenote, that bread looks divine – and happy everyone liked the salmon! I was not expecting it to be as universally liked among my friends and family either so I think I will definitely be making some more!

  8. Looks fantastic! Glad you and your husband enjoyed it.

  9. gaaarp says:

    Good for you for trying it. I love the look of your bread. That must have been great with the salmon!

  10. Alice says:

    its nice to be pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed my salmon too, both in and out of the jar!

  11. Elaine says:

    Your table is just beautiful. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, too!

  12. What a lovely spread, Rosa! I’m glad you and your husband enjoyed this recipe. It definitely looks like it was fun to eat. I’m still on the fence about this one.

  13. Kathy says:

    You did such a lovely job on this one…Wish I was sitting at that table…just a beautiful spread! I passed on this one for all the reasons you stated in your post! Never could get used to gravlax. Have a great weekend!

  14. nana says:

    Thank you for the birthday wishes, that is so nice of you. First let me say that is a beautiful
    photo, you really captured it all. I thought the taste was good, but I was not so sure about
    raw salmon. Maybe I will get past that someday. However, knowing Tricia’s family loves
    sushi and all, I gave them a treat and they loved it. I’m certainly glad I made it and now I
    know a little bit about curing.

  15. betsy says:

    Rosa, you are so right about herring being a hard sell to Americans. That’s a fish I just can’t seem to acquire a taste for, one of the only ones… I really loved this one. Your farmhouse loaf looks delicious. Is it homemade?

    • I’d love to say that I can make homemade bread, but to be honest I’ve never managed it. It’s a very popular bread in Germany called Bauernleib brot. Which I think roughly translates as farm life bread. In any case, it’s one of my favorites.

  16. Cher says:

    Glad this one worked for you. Although my “American” tastes enjoy gravlax or sushi, there was just something about this treatment that I just couldn’t fall in love with. Sigh…

  17. Teresa says:

    I think this recipe was challenging for a lot of us. I made the bonne idée version of the salmon and jarred the potatoes – I quite liked both.

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