Home-Cured Beetroot & Horseradish Gravlax

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Difficulty
moderate
Serves
6 people
Meal course
Starter
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1 .
For the marinade
2 large
Cooked beetroot - cut into 1cm cubes
1 medium
Orange - zest
2 medium
Lemon - Zest
2 whole
Juniper berries
6 tbsp
Rock salt
2 tbsp
Demerara sugar
50 ml
Gin
800 grams
Side of salmon
2 .
For the cure
1 Bunch
Fresh dill - finely chopped
1 Bunch
Fresh tarragon - leaves picked and finely chopped
3 tbsp
Fresh horseradish - grated
50 ml
Gin
Home-Cured Beetroot & Horseradish Gravlax
  1. To make the marinade, blend together the beetroot, citrus zests and juniper until smooth. Stir in the sugar and the salt
  2. On a large baking tray, lay out the salmon skin –side down and smother in the marinade. Wrap the salmon in a double layer of greaseproof paper and then wrap tightly in cling film. Transfer to the fridge and chill for 24 hours
  3. The next day, remove the salmon from the fridge and carefully unwrap it. Hold the salmon over a tray and wash the marinade off with small splashes of water – you shouldn’t need more than about 100ml as you just want to get rid of the excess. Make sure the tray is clean and put the salmon back on it – skin side down.
  4. For the herb cure, mix together the chopped herbs, grated horseradish and gin.
  5. Pack the cure all over the salmon with your hands, making sure it’s evenly spread. Again, wrap it in a double layer of greaseproof paper and cling film and then return to the fridge for another 24 hours.
  6. The next day you simply need to remove the salmon from the fridge, un-wrap and finely slice with a very sharp knife – and Bob’s your Uncle, beautiful cured salmon!

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