Gravlox with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese


I medium salmon filet (a thin filet works best)
1/2 c kosher salt
1/2 c raw pure sugar
1 large bunch fresh dill chopped fine
¼ c mustard seeds
½ c vodka


Place a large sheet of plastic wrap in a large baking dish. Place the salmon skin side down in the baking dish so that the flesh is exposed. Brush or spoon the vodka over the fish and coat evenly. Next, sprinkle the dill and mustard seeds evenly over the fish, mix the sugar and salt together in a bowl and sprinkle mixture over the fish so that it is completely covered. Wrap the fish in the plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Place a heavy or weighted dish on top of the salmon in order to keep the fish flattened. Flip the salmon about twice a day and leave it in the refrigerator for two and a half to four days. Scrape the salt, dill and mustard mixture off of the salmon, slice thin and serve!

Prepare the gravlox according to the recipe above. Mix the juice and zest of one lemon with one cup of cream cheese, ¼ c chopped dill, tarragon and chives, 1 tsp mustard, and salt and pepper. Serve with gravlox and a toasted bagel.