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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gravad Laks - Gravad Lax - A delicious Nordic Dill-cured Salmon Dish Recipe



Gravlax is a family favorite.  So surprisingly easy to make.  We are sure you will enjoy both making and eating it.  Perfect dish to make during the holidays!



Gravlax is a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmoncured in saltsugar, and dill.



Ingredients

  • 1 pounds fresh salmon, center cut
  • 1 large bunch of dill, plus 1/4 cup chopped dill for serving
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds 
  • Pumpernickel bread, sourdough bread, or crisp bread  (knaekbroed) for serving
Mustard/Dill Sauce Ingredients

Capers, chopped onion, horseradish,lemon slices


Trivia: Did you know that during the Middle Ages, gravlax was made by fishermen, who salted the salmon and lightly fermented it by burying it in the sand above the high-tide line?


Directions

  1. Cut the salmon in half crosswise and place half the fish skin side down in a deep dish.
  2. Wash and shake dry the dill shop it and place it on the fish.
  3. Combine the salt, sugar, crushed peppercorns in a small bowl and sprinkle it evenly over the piece of fish.
  4. Place the other half of salmon over the dill, skin side up.
  5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Place something  heavy on top. Refrigerate the salmon for 2 and up to 3 days, turning it every day and basting it with the liquid that collects as well as the salt/sugar/pepper.
  6. Lay each piece of salmon flat on a cutting board, whip off the salt/sugar/pepper and dill, and sprinkle the top of the salmon with chopped fresh dill. 
  7. With a long thin slicing knife, slice the salmon in long thin slices as you would for smoked salmon.
  8. Serve with dark pumpernickel bread, crisp bread or sourdough bread and mustard sauce. You can also serve with chopped onion, horseradish and capers, if desired.

Trivia: Did you know that the Scandinavian word gravlax means buried salmon?

  • grav (or gravad)=grave 
  • lax (or laks)=salmon
  • Danish =Gravad laks
  • Norweigian=Gravlaks
  • Swedish=Gravlax
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