Vodka cured salmon

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By Jason Henderson, head chef and manager at Knock Castle Resort and Spa, Crieff.

INGREDIENTS

350g fresh salmon

250g salt

250g sugar

3 shots vodka

4 red chillies

pack of fresh mint leaves

small tub cream cheese

2 tbsp fresh raspberries

1 tsp Gourmet Classic Raspberry Vinegar Reduction

salad leaves

1 tsp Dijon mustard

METHOD

In a food processor, blend the salt, sugar, chillies and vodka until smooth. Put the salmon in an airtight container and cover with the salt mix, turning to coat. Cover and place in a fridge for 48 hours, turning once.

When cured, remove the salmon and wash off the excess salt mix with cold water.

Pat dry with kitchen paper and set aside.

Blanch the mint leaves in hot water for five seconds and then refresh in iced water, drain and dry completely and then blend in a food processor with the cream cheese until smooth and green. Place the raspberries in a blender with the Gourmet Classic Raspberry Vinegar Reduction and the mustard and blend to make a vinaigrette. Season well.

TO SERVE

Overlap slices of the salmon on a serving plate, top with a quenelle of the minted cream cheese and salad leaves and drizzle with raspberry vinaigrette