12 January 2010

CONDIMENT/PÅLÆG: Remoulade

Here is a favorite recipe of mine for remoulade.

Until this easy recipe landed in our laps, we had always bought ready-made tubes of the stuff to put on our sandwiches and there was not a danish market in sight for about 100 miles at the time.  For some reason, our Danish mother had never made for us given I was crazy for it.  Then again we really did not have any good herring or fish eat with it.

However, by odd coincidence a Danish Deli/Bakery had recently opened in our town (unfortunately, it did not last long...this was many years ago).  One day I happen to ask it's owner if he knew how to make 'remoulade'.  Much to my delight and surprise, he did!  It is his recipe that I share with you today with minor modifications by me from years of fine tuning it to the homemade version I grew up with in Denmark.

If you are familiar with the American version called 'tartar sauce', you may very well trade it in for this one. It's special texture and taste compliments many different types of 'smørrebrød', especially seafood and those crab cakes that we all love. It also works well as an important condiment for various other Topless sandwiches. So, it is worth having in the fridge.

I am sure that once you have made this you will find it a typical part of your condiment/pålæg repertoire.
Homemade Danish Remoulade 
with pickled herring and red onions on pumpernickel bread.

HOMEMADE DANISH REMOULADE


INGREDIENTS/Ingredienser

1 cup mayonnaise (made with olive oil)
1/2-3/4 cup white onion, finely chopped
1/2-3/4 cup kosher pickles, finely chopped
1/4-1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
curry powder (to taste + color)
1/8 tsp. dry mustard
dash of salt (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:
(Remember that the main goal of this recipe is a balance of taste and textures to the palette.)
So, let's begin:
1:  PREP: Chop onion, pickles and parsley and set aside in small bowls and add mayonnaise to a small mixing bowl as shown above.
2:  COLOR: This part may seem a bit tricky only because I have not stated the amount to use for the curry powder.  But, this is how I do it since the intensity of the powder may vary with age and type.  There are two goals that I am aim for here.  One is color and the other is taste. However, in this early stage color is my motivation.  So, I only take the color near to what I want it to be making sure the taste is not too dominate.  This color should be a very light yellowish-green.
3:  Next, add the dry mustard (hold off on the salt until you have added the other ingredients as the brine flavor from pickles might do just the trick).
4:  TEXTURE: This part is the fun part for me since now we will begin to add the chopped ingredients a little at a time.  First, add some parsley - about half and mix. Second, add some onion and pickles to the mix. The taste at this point starts to come together.  But, we are far from being finished here.  This is actually the point where you may realize that the onions are a bit too strong or that the pickles are a bit salty.  Pay attention to these little taste factors. Repeat and add additional curry powder as necessary. The consistency should be like chunky porridge.  Aim for what tickles your texture and taste buds.

5:  STORE:  Keep in a cool place for up to two weeks maximum in an airtight container.  Just mix up the ingredients each time you use it.

....And if you have yet to venture into the land of open face sandwiches, it also tastes great on uncured natural salami with fried onions on pumpernickel.  My personal favorite is to use it on herring with a little bits of red onion!


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