So I didn’t get around to this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe before I left for Sydney, much to Mr Neil’s chagrin. But never fear, this Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce (p 30) will be on the menu shortly after I return home – it’s so easy and, apparently, “really, really good”. Fortunately this dish was a perfect one to “minify”, one I knew my parents (who would be the only ones eating it) would love and one that worked well in terms of our Christmas menus.
It’s also ridiculously easy – the “curing” mix takes about 10 minutes to put together then it sits in the fridge for a couple of days (48 – 72 hours) doing its thing. Once it’s cured, you rinse off the curing mix, dry it then slice it. Warning, you need a VERY sharp knife (which we didn’t have) or else you won’t get lovely even slices of salmon. Never mind – when in doubt, make little rolls, top with the mustard sauce and sprinkle with more dill!
We served this with small home-made toasts topped with a bit of cream cheese as a tasty hors d’eouvre with some Chambord champagne cocktails on Christmas Eve. Pronounced “excellent” by my dad, an unwitting participant in a nearly 100% Dorie meal (we had some soups for an upcoming French Friday as well!), I know I’ll be required to make this for Mr Neil in the next couple of weeks. The mustard sauce that accompanies this dish is also excellent – would work with lots of other fish dishes.
It’s the last French Friday of 2013 – thanks for all your cheerleading this year – I’ve still not missed one week since October 2010 Onwards and upwards to January 2014 where I got to choose one of the recipes – tune in each Friday to see what I picked!
Wishing you all the best for a wonderful 2014 that includes lots of family, friends and, of course, food!
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