Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings
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Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings

The ultimate comfort food, Potatoes au Gratin made simply with sliced potatoes, Smoked Herrings, heavy cream, grated cheese, Noubess Hot Sauce, and Noubess Seafood Seasoning.

In stressful times you become more creative with foods. This potatoes au gratin recipe was created using pantry ingredients. I learned from a long time ago that you must make do with what you have no matter what is going on in your life. Whether your personal life is affected by the outside world, being prepared, and being creative is part of your survival. 

Thank goodness Potatoes are available year-round. They are best stored in dark, dry places at the coolest temperature. Please don’t refrigerate! So enough of this rambling! Let’s get started with this surprisingly easy and tasty recipe. 

Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings

Ingredients needed to make the potatoes au gratin with smoked herrings.

Before we get to the step-by-step instructions on to make the potatoes au grating with smoked herrings , let review a few important notes about the ingredients:

  • Smoked Herrings: very salty, must be desalted at least 4-6 hours before making this recipe. Or follow the instructions below for a quick way to desalt the fish. Also buy fillets, much better and easier to handle.
  • Grated Cheese: Parmesan, Asiago, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Havarti, and Gouda are all very flavorful cheeses. Some contain more sodium than others. Be sure to choose the right cheese for the right amount of smoked herrings.
  • Potatoes: best to use russets potatoes. As it is recommended for baking but when you don’t have russets, use whatever potatoes you want. Taste is what matters. You have the heavy cream and cheese to create a milky and cheesy texture. 
  • Heavy Cream: this is a must to keep everything together. It will help bind all the ingredients. The alternative is to mix regular milk with a little bit of flour and melted butter or use a bechamel sauce
  • Vegetables: 
    • Sun-Dried Tomatoes in oil: gives the fish a nice kick, a tangy but subtle taste. (if you use Sun-Dried Tomatoes, not in oil, soak in hot water for 2-3 minutes before chopping. Just enough time to plump up the tomatoes.
    • Green and yellow bell peppers: for color and taste.
    • Onion: mainly for taste. You can use scallions, shallots and even red onion.
  • Condiments: 
    • Lemon juice: fish always needs a little bit of acidity and lemon juice is the key to wake up its flavor.
    • Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce: a must for seasoning
    • Noubess Fish Seasoning: helps revive the flavors of the smoked herrings after soaking and it is SALT-FREE 
    • Olive oil or extra virgin olive oil: always a must for cooking. Add flavor and good for your health. 
Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings

How to make potatoes au gratin with smoked herrings.

Begin by desalting the smoked herrings at least 2 – 3 hours before cooking. Using 2 -3 fillets: 

  • Rinse the smoked herrings fillets under running water. In a large bowl, place the fillets with enough water to cover and let soak for at least an hour before changing the water. Let soak for at least 2 hours changing the water at least two times. 
  • An alternative way to desalt the fish is to 1) rinse the fillets under running water, removing all the salt on the flesh as much as you can. 2) Place the fillets in a pot filled with water and vinegar (6 cups water + 2 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar). Bring to a quick boil, a cook only for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, drain the water and give the fillet a quick rinse. Follow the instructions for the recipe. 

Preheat the oven to 425 F. 

  • Prepare the potatoes. Remove the skin, rinse well and slice the potatoes as thinly and uniformly as possible. When slicing the potatoes, place the slices in a bowl filled with water to keep them from turning brown. 
  • Remove as many small bones from the fillets. Cook the shredded smoked herrings with onion, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, Noubess hot sauce, and Noubess Seafood seasoning. 
  • Arrange all the ingredients in layers (potatoes, fish, and cheese) including heavy cream in a prepared baking dish and bake until the potatoes are fully cooked. 

Tips and Notes for the potatoes au gratin with smoked herrings recipe: 

  • I would advise not to add any salt because the cheese, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, Noubess hot sauce, all contain a small amount of sodium. 
  • Do not add more than 3 smoked herrings for 3 – 4 medium size potatoes.
  • Please note that I did not add a lot of heavy cream or a lot of cheese because I did not want the dish to be saucy or salty. 
  • There’s no need to add a full layer of smoked herrings on the potatoes. A small amount spread is enough.
  • You can also make this recipe, Easy Smoked Herrings with Onions if you wish and layer al the ingredients before baking.

How to serve the potatoes au gratin with smoked herrings

The best way to serve this dish is with a lettuce salad or steamed vegetables. Try these other side dishes also: 

Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings

Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings

The ultimate comfort food made simply with sliced potatoes, Smoked Herrings, heavy cream, and grated cheese.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 4
Calories 708 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 – 3 smoked herrings fillets desalted, and slice in small pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Noubess Seafood & Fish Seasoning Salt-Free
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper cut into small cubed
  • ¼ cup yellow bell pepper cut into small cubed
  • 4 slices sun-dried tomatoes sliced thin
  • 1 small onion cut into cubed
  • Butter to grease the baking dish
  • 1-1/2 pounds Russet potatoes 2 to 3, peeled and sliced very thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2 oz finely grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease an 8-inch (or 2-quart) baking dish with butter.
  • After desalting the smoked herring fillets, in a skillet, heat oil. Add smoked herring pieces with Noubess hot sauce and fish seasoning and cook for 1 minute. Add bell peppers, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat
    Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings
  • Prepare the potatoes. Remove the skin, rinse well and slice the potatoes as thinly and uniformly as possible. When slicing the potatoes, place the slices in a bowl filled with water to keep them from turning brown.
    Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings
  • Arrange some of the potato slices, edges overlapping, in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add a layer of cooked smoked herrings, sprinkle a quarter of the cheese, and then pour a quarter of the cream over the cheese. Repeat with the remaining potatoes, cheese, and cream, forming 2 layers. Pour any leftover cream and cheese over the top.
    Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings
  • Place in the oven and bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife and golden brown on top. Let the dish cool off on the counter for about 7 – 10 minutes, and then serve with a salad or steamed vegetables.
    Potatoes Au Gratin with Smoked Herrings

Notes

  • I would advise not adding any salt because the cheese, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, Noubess hot sauce, all contain a small amount of sodium.
  • Do not add more than 3 smoked herrings for 4 medium size potatoes.
  • Please note that I did not add a lot of heavy cream or a lot of cheese because I did not want the dish to be saucy or too cheesy. Adding more cheese might make the dish a bit too salty.
  • There’s no need to add a full layer of smoked herrings on the potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 708kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 63gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 485mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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