Sometimes recipes are created by a trip to the grocery store and seeing what's on sale. Sometimes they're created by a desire to try to replicate something that's usually considered a restaurant item. And sometimes a recipe is created by trying to flex my culinary muscles. Well, this recipe came from all those....
At a recent trip to the grocery store I saw some absolutely beautiful salmon at a pretty good price. I'm not really a salmon fan but my husband and son are. I wasn't sure what to do with it, how to cook it. After asking the "seafood guy" for a few recipes I thought -- I'd like to try something new.
I did an internet search to see just how complicated it is to make lox -- a piece of salmon cured for at least 24 hours in citrus, dill and salt. I found several simple recipes but decided on trying one by Emeril Lagasse from the Foodnetwork.com website.
The ingredients were something I had most of right at hand: vodka, citrus juice, citrus zest, kosher salt and fresh dill.
The process is simple. Rinse the salmon, pat dry. Mix the curing mixture and spread over salmon.
Wrap it up tight in plastic, and weigh it down so that the curing mixture can draw out the moisture. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. For the complete recipe go to: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/vodka-and-citrus-cured-salmon-recipe/index.html
Then buy a package of bagels and cream cheese and get ready for an amazing breakfast, made easier than you thought.