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Gravlax are a traditional Scandinavian dish made from salmon cold-cured with sugar, salt, and fresh dill usually



served as an elegant appetizer. Malory serves gravlax at a party for Torvald Utne while trying to secure a lucrative UN security contract in "Killing Utne." Two Scandinavian guests at the party—the Swedish Torvald Utne and the Finnish Elke Hubsch—both enjoyed the food before their deaths later that evening.


Ingredients: 2 fresh salmon fillets with skin intact (about 3 pounds), 1/4 cup kosher salt, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons crushed black peppercorns, 2 large bunches dill

Mustard Dill Sauce: 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons dry white wine, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

Directions: Wash and pat the salmon dry with paper towels. In a bowl, combine the salt, sugar, and pepper. Arrange a few sprigs of dill in the center of a sheet of foil large enough to envelop the fish. Place 1 fillet, the skin side down, on top of the dill. Sprinkle with half the seasonings and some of the dill. Place the remaining fillet, the skin side up, on top of the seasonings. Sprinkle with the remaining seasonings and dill. Tightly wrap the foil around the fish, set the fish on a baking dish, and weigh down with a heavy board. Refrigerate for at least 2 days, turning once every 12 hours and basting with its natural juices.

For the Mustard Dill Sauce:

In a mixng bowl, combne the prepared and dry mustards. Whisk in the sugar, vinegar, and wine. Slowly whisk in the oil t make a sauce that is the consistency of mayonnaise. Fold in the dill and chill. Makes 3/4 cup.

When the gravlax is ready, wipe off the dill and seasoning with a paper towel. Thinly slice on the diagonal, removing the rosy flesh from the skin as you would smoked salmon. Serve with Mustard Dill Sauce, freshly milled pepper, and black bread.