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Salted herring "Inlagd sill"

* 4 to 6 fillets of salt herring
* 11⁄2 dl(3/4 cup) sugar
* 1 dl (1⁄2 cup) Swedish spirit vinegar
* 2 dl (about 1 cup) water
* 5 tsp. allspice
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 to 2 red onions
* sliced dill sprigs

Soak the herring in cold water for 10 to 12 hours, or follow the directions on the package. Drain them. Mix the sugar, vinegar and water in a separate bowl. Add the allspice, bay leaf and onion. Pour the dressing over the herring and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut the herring in 1 cm- thick slices, cover with dressing and garnish with red onion rings and dill sprigs.

Variation Instead of allspice, add 1 teaspoon whole cloves and 5 crushed white peppercorns to the dressing. Bring to a boil, let cool and pour over the herring reserving about 1⁄2 dl. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Slice the herring and place in serving dish. Add the remaining dressing and garnish with red onion rings, cloves and dill.