Gravlax with Beet Relish and Dill Crème

Vibrant colors; salty, sweet and creamy flavors; all go to make every bite of this appetizer feel both special and simple at the same time! Gravlax is a sugar and salt cured salmon often with dill and spices, more subtle in texture and flavor that smoked salmon, but you could easily substitute for either.

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 beets (about 3/4 cup grated)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel or mustard seeds, or a mixture
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Crème fraiche (or sour cream)
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • Wasabi tobiko, optional
  • 6 slices gravlax or smoked salmon

Directions

  1. Peel and shred the beet.
  2. Heat a non stick pan over medium heat and dry fry the seeds for 1 minute or until aromatic.
  3. Remove from heat, add the vinegar and sugar and stir to combine. Pour over the beet and allow to marinate for 1/2 hour or overnight – it will keep a few days covered in the refrigerator.
  4. Combine the Crème Fraiche, yogurt and dill and stir until smooth.
  5. Place the beet relish in a small dish or on crackers, top with the salmon and spoon over the Dill Crème. If using, spoon over a little wasabi tobiko, or some chopped chives.


An appetizer or even a great light lunch served on a slice of rye bread, this dish layers succulent slices of gravlax with a dill crème and fresh beet relish.  Wasabi tobiko is an optional exquisite burst of flavor to cap it all off.   Photography – Gerald Parrot