GIN-CURED SALMON SKEWERS SERVED WITH BOILED POTATOES, CUCUMBER SALAD AND DILL SAUCE
24 oz (680 g) wild salmon
1 tbsp (15 ml) kosher salt, plus extra to cook potatoes
1 tbsp (15 ml) gin
4 sprigs fresh dill, divided
1 tbsp (15 ml) granulated sugar
1 pinch caraway seeds
1 tbsp (15 ml) + 2 tsp (10 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided 8 wooden skewers
8 small yellow potatoes, peeled and halved
1 tbsp (15 ml) salted butter
¾ cup (175 ml) sour cream
1 tbsp (15 ml) minced red onion
4 baby cucumbers
2 tsp (10 ml) white wine vinegar
1 lemon, zest and juice
- Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C). Cut salmon into 12 even cubes and toss together with 1 tbsp (15 ml) salt, gin, 1 sprig dill, sugar and caraway seeds. Place in container with a lid and refrigerate for 15 minutes, to cure. Remove from refrigerator, rinse well and dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Toss with 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil, then skewer 3 pieces of salmon per skewer.
- Cook potatoes in simmering salted water just until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on size of potatoes. Drain and toss with butter.
- Place salmon skewers on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily, about 10 to 12 minutes.
- While potatoes and salmon are cooking, the make dill sauce. To make sauce, chop remaining dill leaves and combine in a small bowl with sour cream, red onion and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Slice cucumbers on the bias and toss with remaining olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve 2 salmon skewers per person along with cucumber salad, potatoes and dill sauce. Garnish cucumbers with remaining dill.