Monday, August 27, 2018

Gravad Lax

Originally published on Thursday, January 21, 2010
One of the presents we received for Christmas was a whole side of fresh salmon. As our Christmas menus were planned, Lynne decided to make Gravad Lax for our New Year party. She cut the side into two pieces, spread on the marinade and put it into a plastic ice-cream container, covered it with Clingfilm then put another container on top and filled this with heavy jars to weigh it down. Obviously the tail end didn’t completely cover the other end but it doesn’t matter. You need to turn it daily and keep refrigerated. This sat in the fridge maturing till New Years Eve when she confessed she was too nervous to serve it! Our friends insisted and it was a huge success. It is really not very complicated to make but you have to be brave. If you don’t have Aquavit you can use plain Vodka

One side of fresh salmon - 3 T rough salt - 1 t ground white peppercorns - 1 t ground allspice - 2 T pale brown sugar - 2 T finely chopped fresh dill - 50 ml Aquavit/gin/vodka

Double the quantities for 2 sides
Mix well, spread on all sides of the salmon and proceed as above. Marinate for between 3 and 6 days. When ready remove from the marinade and thinly slice

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