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Gravlaks

gravlaks and mustard sauce

Gravlaks and Mustard Sauce

Want to eat like a Viking? Make Gravlaks, an authentic Norwegian Viking food that will please your palate.

Connoisseurs from all over the world are familiar with this Norwegian delicacy.

It is usually served with mustard sauce (senneps saus in Norwegian, also called Hoffmeister Saus.

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My sister-in-law, Gerd Merete cooking (above)

When I visit my brother Bjorn and his wife Gerd, they often serve Gravlaks. Gerd is a great cook and Bjorn is an expert at slicing the fish very thin at an angle.

Gerd willingly shares her recipes with me. If you follow these directions step-by-step, the result should be a price winner.

Gravelaks Recipe
Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 fresh salmon fillets
2-3 large bunches fresh dill
1/4 cup coarse sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Juice from 1 lemon

Preparation:
Place salmon fillet in deep glass baking dish, skin side down. Cover fillet with chopped fresh dill.

In a separate bowl, mix salt, sugar, pepper and lemon juice. Add this evenly over dill covered fillet.

Add the second half of salmon fillet - skin side up. Cover fillets with plastic wrap.

Wrap a board (slightly larger than salmon) in plastic and place over fish. Place weight (4 cans about 4 pounds or more) on board to press down.

Refrigerate (immediately). Keep in refrigerator for 3 days - turning fish over every 6 hours; separate fillets - baste both sides each time with sauce from the bottom of the pan. Replace weights and refrigerate immediately.

After 3 days - remove fish from the marinade, scrape away dill and seasoning. Pat dry with paper towels.

Place salmon fillets skin side down and cut even thin slices at an angle.

This Norwegian delicacy is now ready to be served along with
Piquant Mustard Sauce. Garnish with sprigs of fresh dill, lemon wedges, and thinly sliced red onions.

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