I got up last Sunday morning thinking that I could drive to NY to buy Herrings Bread. That did not happen. The sky was cloudy, visibility was dangerous because of the fog, and it just looked as if the weather was not going to change anytime soon. So, I had to put my thinking hat. I wanted bread; I wanted herrings, and I did not have all day. So I came up with Smoked Herrings Biscuits.
Now, this is not bread; it is biscuits with herrings. I was not too worried about this creation becoming a flop because of the weather. I always hear that when making bread one should consider the weather and the internal temperature of your home. I have had a couple of mishaps; I will admit because I did not believe. Well now I do, and that is why it is biscuits a day and not bread day.
I like using a good vegetable shortening and a good all-purpose flour brand when making biscuits. I had to worry about the biscuits being to be salty because smoked herrings are heavily salted. Smoked herrings are sold in foods markets, and the salt must be removed before cooking. I usually de-salt herrings in boiling water with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar or lime juice depending on what I have in my pantry.
The biscuits are not difficult to make. The smoked herrings, on the other hand, were a little tricky. First, you have to make sure that the mixture does not come out salty and soggy, and the key to that was to use only one tablespoon of oil. The herrings’ mixture had onions, garlic, red bell peppers, parsley, and thyme and lime juice. One other ingredient made it for me, hot sauce. I did not want to add pieces of hot peppers because it would not be right and I did not want to use crushed hot pepper either because I did not want to bite into a seed. All I can say is that a good hot sauce goes a long way with herrings.
The biscuits did not come out very flaky as I suspected, and they were not soggy either. When you add certain ingredients into biscuit mix, the consistency is never the same. A plain biscuit is flakier than a biscuit with added wet ingredients.
The Herrings Biscuits turned out good. They were not salty, had a great kick because of the hot sauce and were better warm than cold as with any other type of biscuits. Always eat your biscuits warm. So much better!
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