Gravlax is a traditional Scandinavian preparation of salmon in which it is cured with salt and dill. Delicious!
Plus, it’s far from a high-flying kitchen feat to make your own gravlax, though it does require a certain amount of patience before you can slice the velvety flesh—three days, to be precise. Use this recipe as a perfect make-ahead option for summer get-togethers or turn it into a quick and cool midweek dinner by doing all the prep work over the weekend.
Remove pin bones from salmon. In small bowl, mix together salt, sugar, pepper, and, if desired, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Sprinkle half the salt mixture in empty shallow dish, then sprinkle half the dill.
Place salmon fillet flesh-side down in dish. Sprinkle remaining salt mixture and dill on top (skin side of fish) and press it lightly into salmon. Cover dish tightly and place in refrigerator for 3 full days. Turn salmon over once per day.
Scrape seasoning from salmon, and when ready to serve, use sharp knife to cut into very thin slices.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
While on your burger journey, visit Jamaica, where you’ll find the spicy jerk flavours native to this beautiful island. Maple syrup adds a unique, sticky sweetness, while fresh lime juice highlights the fresh, tangy flavours of the Caribbean. Try making your own jerk seasoning or purchase store-bought for an easy shortcut.