The Joy of Rollmops

The other day I had a bit of a craving for pickled herring which, in the form of rollmops, is something I’ve liked since I was a kid but rediscovered on a trip to Denmark many years ago where sild on lovely rugbrød with a peberrod sauce became one of my favourite light meals. Pickled herring doesn’t seem to be so popular in Ireland but fortunately it is popular with folk from countries around the Baltic Sea, including Poland, and in Maynooth there is a very nice little Polish mini-market where I found a wide variety of pickled herrings with different kinds of marinade.

In the course of this discovered what the Polish word for rollmops is:

For some reason I had always assumed that “rollmops” was an English word but in fact it is of German origin and Rollmops is actually singular (the plural is Rollmöpse).

In the shop I also bought some rye bread and horseradish to go with the fish. In fact the little shop is full of lovely produce and, although yesterday was the first time I’ve been inside, I’m sure to be a regular visitor in future.

I know some people don’t like pickled herring at all but I love it. In fact I think it’s tanginess makes it an ideal starter and I’ve often served it as such when I’ve had guests for dinner. The bonus is you don’t need to cook it!

3 Responses to “The Joy of Rollmops”

  1. Mops (plural Möpse) is also the German word for a type of dog (pug in Englisch). Also, though used only in plural, it is slang for (human) tits.

  2. This is not particularly helpful at the moment, but rollmops—en français dans le texte!—are quite common in France, to the point that the Monoprix chain has its own brand. With its own joke “ça tourne au vinaigre”… (Meaning both it works due to vinegar and it turns sour.)

  3. Anton Garrett Says:

    Try it with (plain) yogurt.

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