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Zavináč (rollmops) - are pickled herring (or mackerel) fillets rolled around slices of fresh vegetables (onion, cucumber, olives, carrot, pepper) or cooked vegetables.

Initially, the fish is cleaned and sliced (fillets), then covered with salt to extract water. The second step consists in removing the salt and adding a marinade which contains water, vinegar, salt, and sugar. Ingredients like bay leaves, pepper, mustard seeds are then added to it. The fish is left to marinate in a jar for 3-4 days. Further preparation consists in cutting the vegetables (cabbage, onion, cucumber, olives, cooked vegetables, etc.) into pieces and insert them. Then the fillets are pierced with small wooden skewers. It can be flavored with onion rings, sunflower oil or served with mayonnaise dressing.

Along with the drowned man and pickled cheese, zavináč represents one of the most basic cold items in the Czech cuisine. It is often served as an appetizer with beer or wine, it being found in many restaurants or pubs, where they usually do not serve hot meals or even fast food.

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