We were invited to a swanky gathering out in the woods yesterday. It was a perfect day with lovely weather, charming company, and very generous hosts. A pool party pumped up. Way up. Everyone in this group loves to cook and share food. Impeccable food.
I wanted to take something special. Something different. Something easy. Something that would transport to...well...the country.
I decided to cure salmon and serve canapes. I love curing meats and fish. All it requires is a bit of time. The rest is easy. It practically and literally cooks itself.
I always use Jacque Pepin's recipe for curing salmon. His twist is unusual and delicious. I typically use recipes as a guide instead of as a rule. I wing most dishes, replacing ingredients if I don't have them in the pantry. However. certain recipes need to be carefully followed both for safety and outcome. Curing falls into that category.