Jan 31, 2012

Gravlax


So Mr. G and I have joined the rest of civilization and got cable! haha. It has made and ruined my life all at the same time. I'm so addicted to the Food Network, I'm especially addicted to Chopped, but I digress. One day while watching the Food Network, I saw Ina Garten make Gravlax!!

To me, Gravlax is like smoked salmon without the smoky taste. It is cold cured salmon with salt, sugar, pepper and dill. I would never think that I could make it at home!! Ina made it seem so easy, so I bought a piece of salmon and gave it a go. It was an absolute hit!! I served it like smoked salmon with a bagel and cream cheese. I think traditionally you're supposed to serve it with mustard and rye bread. It takes three days to make, but not a lot of active time at all. Try it, you'll like it!!  Miss O, this recipe is for you!!

Gravlax 
from Ina Garten 
3 pounds fresh salmon, center cut 
1 large bunch of dill, plus 1/4 cup chopped dill for serving 
1/2 cup kosher salt 
1/2 cup sugar 
2 tablespoons white peppercorns, crushed 
1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds
 

1. Cut the salmon in half crosswise and place half the fish skin side down in a deep dish. Wash and shake dry the dill and place it on the fish. Combine the salt, sugar, crushed peppercorns, and fennel seeds in a small bowl and sprinkle it evenly over the piece of fish. Place the other half of salmon over the dill, skin side up. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Place a smaller pan on top of the foil and weight it with some heavy cans. Refrigerate the salmon for at least 2 and up to 3 days, turning it every 12 hours and basting it with the liquid that collects.

2. Lay each piece of salmon flat on a cutting board, remove the bunch of dill, and sprinkle the top with chopped dill. With a long thin slicing knife, slice the salmon in long thin slices as you would for smoked salmon. Serve with dark pumpernickel bread and mustard sauce. You can also serve with chopped red onion and capers, if desired.

Notes:
  • *Ina served her gravlax with a mustard sauce and pumpernickel bread. 

4 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Yay!!! Don't u just loveeeee the food network! Don't fight the feeling. I'll be more than willing to introduce u to other fabulous networks on cable. :) btw...salmon looks delicious! -t

kk said...

ooh...i can't wait!

kk said...

heehee..you're a bad influence! =)

 

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