Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast.
If you've been to the seafood counter at the market recently, you've no doubt noticed that wild king salmon is now in season -- and that's a good reason to spend some time in the kitchen making gravlax. The fish, with its vibrant orange flesh, rich flavor and healthy fats, is ideal for gravlax, says Barb, and her recipe, she insists, is easy, even if you need to start the process a few days in advance. "Make this for Mother's Day brunch, or just enjoy it with friends and a little glass of icy cold gin from Leopold's," she suggests.
*Note: Start the gravlax at least three days in advance.
One 2 to 3 pound salmon filet, pin bones removed and scaled 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons dry gin 1 cup kosher salt 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons cracked white peppercorns 1 1/2 tablespoon toasted fennel, crushed 1 1/2 tablespoon toasted coriander, crushed 3 bunches fresh dill, rinsed and dried 1 white onion, peeled and sliced thin
Capers, cream cheese, crispy dark rye crackers or bread
1. Lay the fillet out on the counter, and with a sharp knife, cut down the center lengthwise. 2. Place fillet in a glass baking dish, and pour in gin and lemon juice. Soak both sides of the fish. 3. Add salt, sugar, pepper, fennel and coriander, and rub spice mixture on both sides of the fillet. 4. Stack fresh dill and onion on the fillet, press the flesh together, and wrap fairly tightly in plastic wrap. 4. Refrigerate for at least 3 days, turning every day. 5. Serve with garnishes.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.