Appetizer for Ukrainian Horilka

Boiled potatoes with herring and pickled vegetables – all this you can find on the Ukrainian table. This is a perfect appetizer for Ukrainian horilka. So, if you want to make a party and serve some Ukrainian dishes or simply cook Ukrainian food for a family supper, this recipe is just for you.

Unmistakable smell, inimitable taste, and great combination of tender potatoes with crunchy pickled vegetables. Isn’t your mouth watering? Mine sure is. We, the Ukrainians, enjoy this a lot.


  • 4-5 potatoes
  • 400 g (14 oz) herring fillet
  • 100 – 200 g (3,5 – 7 oz) pickled vegetables
  • (cucumbers/tomatoes/cabbage)
  • vegetable oil – to taste
  • salt – to taste


Wash potatoes, peel them, and boil in salted water until done. Cool the potatoes and slice them. Cut the herring fillet into medium slices. Slice pickled tomatoes and cucumbers.

Place all the prepared ingredients on a serving plate. Put the potatoes on the one side of the plate and the herring on the opposite side of the plate. Arrange the vegetables around. Put the cabbage in the center of the plate. Sprinkle the potatoes with vegetable oil. Serve the dish with chilled horilka.

Enjoy your meal!

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