After writing my previous post about Virginia-made single malt whisky from the Copper Fox Distillery, I thought I’d continue the Virginia spirits topic with a recipe. I consulted one our region’s finest chefs, Randy Cooper, from Elmwood at Sparks. Elmwood at Sparks is one of several outstanding fine dining restaurants in our region, but it is the only one of its kind right here on Main Street in Orange, VA, just a block away from our Virginia Bed and Breakfast!
Our guests thoroughly enjoy Elmwood at Sparks. We have never recieved a negative review, and Chef Cooper puts his extensive experience with French and American style cuisines to good use. We recieve the best comments about the delectable sauces and scrumptious soups Chef Cooper crafts.
Since I have been exploring the many options for Virginia-produced whisky and other spirits, I asked Chef Cooper to recommend a recipe using whisky as an ingredient. The recipe below is what he provided, and I can’t wait to try it! Please try it yourselves, and tell me what you think!
“Whiskey Rubbed Cured Salmon”
2# Fresh Salmon
375 ML Your favorite Whiskey
4 oz ginger- sliced
2 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs thyme
1T black peppercorns
Cheesecloth as needed
- Combine in sauce pot over high heat : whiskey, thyme, rosemary, half of peppercorns, and ginger.
- Reduce by half- CAUTION- this may flame (remove from heat and allow to reduce over lower heat)- allow to cool.
- Wrap salmon in cheesecloth and place in a deep baking dish.
- Pour ingredients over cheesecloth-wrapped salmon and allow to marinade for up to 24 hours.
- Combine salt, sugar, peppercorns- blend thoroughly
- Remove salmon from marinade (reserve liquid).
- Using fresh cheesecloth, rewrap the salmon.
- Place a shallow bed of salt mix into deep dish- add salmon, cover with remaining salt mixture.
- Reserve under refrigeration for 24 hours; check salmon for firmness, when firm, cure is complete.
- Remove from curing mix and wash under cold running water; pat dry with paper-towels.
- Serve with Boursin cheese, fresh baguette and pickled red onions.