Regional specialties from Lower SaxonyRegional specialties from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Matjes

Pickled herring

The name “Matjes” for the herring, comes from the Dutch name “Maatjesharing”, this in turn from the “Maagdenharing”. This means virgin herring, which refers to the fishing season. This is because matje herring is traditionally caught in mid-May to early June, before the fish reaches sexual maturity.

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Initially, the herring was only pickled in brine to preserve it. The tradition has been documented since the 14th century in the Netherlands. This technique made it transportable and brought a lot of money into the coffers of Dutch traders from the 17th century onwards.
Probably especially due to the purchase of this matje by the German Hanseatic League, the long-lasting fish also spread in the later traditional dishes along the German coasts.

In today’s Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the recipe Matjes with bacon and beans has become established for this particularly healthy fish.

Matjes with bacon dip

Recipe Matjes fillet with bacon dip

A heafty meal with fish.
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Course: snack
Cuisine: Northern Germany
Keyword: savoury
Difficulty: Beginner
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 8 pcs matjes fillets
  • 750 g fresh green beans
  • 150 g streaky bacon
  • 1/2 bunch savory
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • pepper, salt

Preparation

  • Cut the bacon into cubes.
  • Clean and wash the beans and cook them in boiling salted water for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • Rinse the matie fillets in cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  • Wash the savory, dab dry and chop finely.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry the bacon cubes in it. Fry over medium-low heat until crispy.
  • Drain the beans and drain well. Mix some of the drippings with the beans and savory. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • Arrange the matjes and beans on plates. Put some liquid fat and bacon fat in a small bowl. Spread the rest of the bacon dip over the matjes and serve.

Tips & Hints

If you like additional bacon dip, help yourself from the bowl. You can serve boiled potatoes with it.
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