Karen’s Beet Cured Gravlax
Gravlax is quite simple to prepare – brined with Vodka, Citrus Juices, Grated Beets, Dill, Sugar, Salt and Pepper. Weighted down, the gravlax is ready in two days – slice when ready to enjoy.
Cut salmon filet in half lengthwise. Place one half of salmon, skin side down, on a large sheet of plastic wrap.
Put into a heavy dish than can withstand weight. Sprinkle it with the vodka and citrus juices.
Mix together the citrus rind, salt, sugar and pepper, then sprinkle onto the flesh side of the salmon.
Add the beets and dill, rub in.
Cover the flesh side of the salmon with this mixture, making sure to coat it completely. Top with the other half of salmon, skin side up.
Bring up the plastic wrap to enclose. Add extra wrap if needed. Top the salmon with weights, a heavy pan with cans on top, or – as I do, 2 foil wrapped bricks.
Place in the refrigerator. Cure for 2 days total (at least 48 hours), turning the salmon over every 12 hours.
Remove salmon from brine. Pat dry to remove brine. Place on a cutting board, wipe off most of the seasonings.
Slice gravlax very thinly with a sharp knife on the bias when ready to use it. Top with fresh dill sprigs.
Cover and refrigerate any leftover gravlax, Will stay for up to one week. Slice when needed.
The beets color the top flesh of the salmon filet, the natural orange color is beneath – making a gorgeous presentation.
*For a larger quantity, use a 1 1/2 pound piece of salmon filet, and double the recipe- brine for three days.
Other serving Suggestions:
~ Add slice Gravlax to an omelet with goat cheese and fresh dill.
~ Top fresh pumpernickel with thin slices, mustard and fresh herbs.
~ Top a bagel, schmeared with some cream cheese.
You can successfully freeze Gravlax for a few weeks, well wrapped.
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.