Herring under a fur coat — all the subtleties of the classic recipe
“Herring under a fur coat” has deservedly divided the first place with the no less famous “Olivier” salad for more than a dozen years.
These two foods are mandatory guests at the festive tables.
Alas, but today few people are interested in the origin of certain foods, although their history is sometimes as amazing as the dish itself.
This salad so beloved by many, is the brightest culinary model of the post-revolutionary period, the time of troubled and restless, shrouded in a halo of political and military battles.
A kind of fish in a fur coat is a symbol of the entire Soviet era, starting from its origins.
At one time, the salad was unusually loved by the so-called true proletarians.
The basis for creating such a culinary masterpiece was the quite trivial events of the first decades of the 20th century.
Thus, the author of the salad is considered to be one wealthy merchant named Anastas Bogomilov, the owner of the largest Moscow-Tver network of taverns and canteens.
His catering establishments were so popular among the proletarian class, the creators of the history of that time, that all the meetings and “hot” disputes, often turning into fights, often took place in merchant pubs, bringing considerable property damage to the owner.
It was then that the notorious recipe “herring under a fur coat” was created, a symbolic dish in each of its ingredients.
For example, its main component, herring, designated the working people, potatoes — peasants, and red beet — blood and the Bolshevik banner.
Diluted all this communist rampage «Western» French sauce Provençal.
Salad was served as a cold snack to alcohol, which contributed to the lesser intoxication and riot of visitors, in connection with which it instantly became the most popular dish at each feast.
By the way, the name of the dish is also not simple, but it is kept in the spirit of the era.
It was invented by the same merchant in the form of the abbreviation «Sh.U.B.A.», meaning: «Chauvinism and Decline — Boycott and Anathema».
The first presentation of the salad was held on the eve of 1919 New Year.
But now, the pompous “Sh.UA.B.A.” has turned into the usual, though one of the most popular and favorite Russian dishes, salad “herring under a fur coat” or “fish in a fur coat”.