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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How to Make a Marinated Salmon A delicious and easy to make Salmon Dinner

Quick, easy and perfect. This salmon dinner recipe is one of our favorites.  If you are short on time this is a perfect dinner to make.  You can marinate the salmon to give a rich flavor earlier in the day.  Then when you are ready to make the dinner pop the salmon in the oven and whip up the sides.  A delicious salmon dinner to make year round. 



Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • juice and lemon zest of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 1 onion sliced and chopped
  • chopped parsley, chives, rosemary, thyme
  • baked potato served with butter
  • peas or other vegetable on the side

 Kitchen Utensils:

  • oven proof dish
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • 1 small bowl

Instruction:

  1. Thoroughly rinse the salmon in cold water and pat dry.
  2. Mix honey, mustard, oil, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Place the salmon fillets and the chopped onions in an ovenproof dish. Pour the marinade over the fish and leave it for 30 min.
  4. Heat the oven to 400F and roast the fish and onions for approx. 12-15 min (or till fish is flaky). To test the salmon poke a fork at the thickest part of the salmon and the fish should flake. If not, steam the fish for 1 or 2 more minutes.
  5. Transfer the salmon to a plate. Serve with the baked potato on the side with butter and chopped herbs and another vegetable on the side.

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Tosca Cake – A Nordic Cake Recipe with Almond Topping and Fresh Fruit…Oh My!

Tosca cake is a Nordic favorite, apparently named for Puccini’s opera. It’s a delicate sponge cake with a caramelized almond, praline-like topping. Enjoy having a slice of Tosca cake before or after you see Puccini!

 Cake Batter Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • lemon peel or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Caramelized Almond, Praline-like Topping Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 2  tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. milk or light cream
  
 Kitchen Utensils

  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • electric mixer
  • spatula
  • grater 
  • springform (approx. 24 cm. in diameter)
  • medium pot
Instruction:
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

Beat eggs and sugar well. Stir in the melted cooled butter, lemon zest, the flour and baking powder.  Do not over mix.


Pour the cake batter into the greased and floured springform (approx. 24 cm. in diameter). Place the tin in the oven and bake the cake for approx. 25 to 30 minutes. 

While the cake is baking prepare the topping. Mix sugar, butter, milk and flour in a saucepan on low heat until the butter has melted. Meanwhile it is a good time to continue chopping the almonds.  Once ready add the almonds into the pot and get the mixture to a boiling point. Keep an eye on it. Then turn off the stove once it reaches the boiling point.

When the cake is baked so much that it maintains its shape (after approx. 25 minutes), pour the almond mixture over the cake.  Spread the almond mixture across the cake.  Then place the baking pan under the grill (at approx. 400F) in the oven for approx. 10-15 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.

Let the cake cool down before slicing.

Serve the cake plain or with whipped cream and/or fresh berries.