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  • Holy Grail Recipes - A Shrubbery


    yield: 2 Servings;  cook time: 10 minutes;  total time: 10 minutes

    A shrubbery for the Knights who saaaaay... NI! One that looks nice. And not too expensive. And a path running down the middle. And a vinaigrette made wiiiiith... A HERRING!

    1 Herring in Oil, drained
    1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
    1 tbsp Lemon Juice
    6 tbsp Olive Oil
    1/4 tsp Salt
    1/8 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
    1 heaping tsp Capers, in brine
    1 tbsp Minced Shallot
    Mixed Greens (frisée, spinach, arugula, mesclun, etc)
    2 Radishes, sliced thin
    1/4 English Cucumber, sliced thin
    Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

    You might think that herring in a vinaigrette sounds cringe worthy, aka Ekki-ekki-ekki-ekki-PTANG, Zoom-Boing, z'nourrwringmm. But it's NOT. It works very similarly to an anchovy in a salad dressing, and you can dial it up or down based on preference.

    So, start by mashing your herring filet into a paste-- I ended up with a heaping tsp, which was just enough for a hint of brine.

    Combine with vinegar, lemon juice, capers, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil, until emulsified, and add more salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

    Now for your shrubbery assembly-- pile your greens high on both sides of a path (a path! a path!) of radish and cucumber slices, and drizzle with vinaigrette. A lovely little salad worthy of Roger, the shrubber. It's very easy-- oh no! I said it! oh no I said it again!

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