Salmon Gravadlax! We reckon this would make a perfect dish for Christmas, whether you're in the northern or southern hemispheres. Thanks to Alice Laing of Tasman Sea Salt for this recipe. INGREDIENTS
S9de of organic salmon, skin on
75g Tasman Sea Salt flakes
75g caster sugar
Bunch of Dill
1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
Zest of a lemon
2 tbsp gin - we love fantastic Tasmanian gin, "The Splendid" METHOD
Pat the salmon dry with kitchen paper and make sure all small bones are removed. Cut the side in half so that you have two roughly equal sized pieces.
Finely chop the dill and mix in a bowl with the salt, sugar, black pepper corns and lemon zest.
Lay one of the pieces of of salmon skin side down on top of a long sheet of aluminium foil and then pack the salt mixture over the flesh. Drizzle with the gin and then lay the second piece of salmon on top, skin side up.
Wrap tightly in aluminium foil and place on a tray or in a tub, weighed down with a couple of bottles or tins. Place in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours depending on how cured you like your fish, turning the fish over every 12 hours.
Once the desired cure is achieved, scrape the remaining cure from the fish and slice thinly. Serve with a dill mustard sauce or creme fraiche for a delicious canape or starter.