Luxurious foods are, practically by definition, extremely expensive. Except for gravlax. For the price of a fresh piece of salmon, you can cure your own gravlax at home, then slice it and serve it as one of the most elegant hors d'oeuvres or light appetizers imaginable. Here's how to make it.
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Luxurious foods are, practically by definition, extremely expensive. Except for gravlax. For the price of a fresh piece of salmon, you can cure your own gravlax at home, then slice it and serve it as one of the most elegant hors d'oeuvres or light appetizers imaginable. In this recipe we cure it with sugar and salt, caraway, coriander, and dill, then serve it with a tangy mustard-dill sauce.
The Gravlax with Dill and Capers ($11) is filled with rosy slices of fennel cured, sustainably raised salmon spread with a lemony, dilly cream cheese, scattered with thin sliced red onions, and sandwiched into a crisp, chewy baguette. Not quite as salty as traditional lox, Plenty's Gravlax is mild, letting the delicate flavor of the Scottish salmon shine through and complementing it with subtle notes of fennel.
Gravlax is a traditional Swedish salmon preparation, where salmon is cured in salt, sugar and dill for up to a week. This recipe combines jasmine and green tea instead of the more traditional dill, making for a slightly smoky flavor. It takes a traditional Swedish appetizer and turns it into a simple brunch.
[Photo: Nikki Goldstein] It only seems natural that a Scandinavian restaurant would serve fabulous lox at brunch. A good Jew with a hearty appetite for salmon in any shape or form, I looked eagerly to Smorgas Chef to fill...
I didn't know gravlax was so easy to make (except for that you have to wait two or three days to eat it) until I read this post on Apartment Therapy: Kitchen. I've pretty much always lived near purveyors of delicious gravlax, but if you're not so lucky you've now no excuse not to make your own! If you like salmon and you've never had gravlax, you owe it to your tastebuds to try....