Salmon gravlax Robert

Salmon gravlax Robert

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From
The 12 Days of Christmas
Serves
20
Photographer
Mark Roper

This dish is a superb starter and a speciality of my son-in-law Robert (where the dish gets its name). Prepare this dish a few days before Christmas, when it will be perfect to serve up.

Ocean trout is a very suitable alternative for salmon. A cleaned 3 kg ocean trout will provide 2 equal-sized fillets totalling about 2 kg. A clear, flat, tight-fitting plastic container about the size of the fish fillets is ideal for this dish, because marinating is achieved by simply rotating the sealed container in all directions.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 equal-sized fill salmon, totalling about 2 kg
1 lemon, grated rind
1 large bunch dill, chopped
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup vodka

Method

  1. Using tweezers, remove any protruding pin bones from the fish (the bones that stick out of the middle of the fillet).
  2. Make a soggy mixture of the lemon rind, dill, salt, sugar, pepper and vodka. Spread a quarter of the mixture in the container and lay one fillet, skin side down, on top of it. Spread half of the mixture on the flesh of the fillet. Lay the second fillet, skin side up, on the fillet in the container and spread the last quarter of the mixture on the skin. Seal the lid and place in the refrigerator. Marinate the fillets by turning the container every 12 hours for 2 days (so, half the time the sealed container is stored lid-side down).
  3. Leave a sprinkling of the dill on the fillets before carving. Start carving from the tail end, holding the knife tilted to produce thin slices as you would smoked salmon, cutting the flesh away from the skin as you do. Accompany with rye or black bread, and a mustardy mayonnaise, dill or horseradish mousse sauce.

Tip

  • Cover the fillets in plastic wrap if you are not using a sealed container. Near-freezing cold Champagne does nicely with gravlax.
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