Friday, December 30, 2016

Gravlax Canapés

     Gravlax Party Platter!
     During the holiday season, banquet style party platters are in high demand.  With a little planning and forethought, a last minute trip to a grocery store to pick up a "run of the mill" deli platter can be avoided.
     Just like in the kitchen of a major hotel resort, a banquet event plan can be drawn up far ahead of time by a home cook.  A detailed event plan lists every item needed an event.  Everything from chafing dish and mirror cheese board rentals to silver serving pieces, utensils and napkins are placed on the list.  If hand passed hors d'oeuvres are planned, then a reservation placed with a temporary staffing agency will be necessary.  A detailed menu with itemized ingredients is also part of an event plan.  No matter whether the event is for 10 guests or 10,000 people, a detailed event plan will make organizing an event much easier to do.
     For a home cook, making banquet event platters for a party adds a personal touch.  Guests really do appreciate the effort made and a few nicely crafted event platters will entertain guests throughout the evening.  Offering a variety of food items is the easiest way to please every attendee.  There should be something for vegetarians, spicy food lovers, fans of classic cuisine and something for those who always want to try something new.  If a few guests have dietary restrictions or allergies, then be sure to make food items that accommodate them too.
     Food items that have a theme are always en vogue when designing party platters.  For a classic Smörgåsbord style party platter theme, Gravlax is a nice choice.  Sliced Gravlax can be placed on a large party platter with all of the classic accompaniments and guests can serve themselves.  Gravlax Canapés are another option and this Smörgåsbord style of serving Gravlax allows a home cook to be a little more creative.          
     Details about how to slice Gravlax are included in this recipe.  Follow the link to the recipe in this website.
     • Gravlax 

     This recipe yields about 1 1/2 cups.
     Step 1:  Place 1/3 cup of Dijon Mustard in a mixing bowl.
     Add 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
     Add 1/3 cup of granulated sugar.
     Whisk the ingredients together.  
     Step 2:  Measure 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
     Add a few drops of vegetable oil at a time while whisking, till an emulsion starts.
     Add a thin stream the rest of the oil while whisking to make a translucent sweet mustard sauce.
     Step 3:  Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.  (about 2 to 3 pinches)
     Add 1/4 cup of chopped fresh dill weed.
     Stir the ingredients together.
     Place the Hovmästarsås in a container and refrigerate the sauce till it is needed. 

     Masago Mayonnaise:
     This recipe yields about 2/3 cup.  (Enough to garnish about 25 canapés.)
     Packages of frozen Masago (Capelin Roe) are available in Asian food markets. 
     Place 1/2 cup of mayonnaise in a mixing bowl
     Add 3 tablespoons of Capelin Roe (Masago).
     Whisk the ingredients together.
     Place the Masago Mayonnaise in a container and chill till it is needed.

     Wasabi Mayonnaise:
     This recipe yields about 2/3 cup.  (Enough to garnish about 25 canapés.)
     Place 1/2 cup of mayonnaise in a mixing bowl. 
     Add 1 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Add 1 tablespoon of Wasabi Powder.
     Whisk the ingredients together.
     Place the Wasabi Mayonnaise in a plastic squirt bottle and chill till the sauce is needed.

     Toast for Canapés:
     It is best to figure 2 to 3 canapés per guest.  Each piece of toast will be one canapé.
     The bread should be toasted just before the Gravlax Canapés are assembled.  
     Step 1:  Select a variety of European style breads.  Seedless Rye Bread, Pumpernickel, Black Rye Bread, Whole Grain Bread, French Baguette, Gluten Free Flatbread or Italian Bread are nice choices.
     Step 2:  Cut the bread into 1/4" to 3/8" thick slices.
     Cut the bread into small rectangle shapes that can be eaten with 1 or 2 bites.  (About 1 1/2"x 2") 
     Step 3:  Place the bread pieces on a parchment paper lined baking pan.
     Place the pan in a 325ºF oven.
     Bake till the bread is lightly toasted. 
     Gravlax Canapés:
     Figuring a yield of 2 to 3 canapés per guest is good.   
     Variety is the spice of life, especially for a Smörgåsbord style canapé party platter.  Feel free to garnish each Gravlax Canapé as you wish!  Try different combinations of the ingredients on each canapé and try to vary the color combinations.    
     Extra Garnishes that are needed:
     - Thin sliced Brie Cheese
     - Whole Italian Parsley Leaves
     - Petite Dill Weed Sprigs
     - Thin sliced small Plum Tomato or Cherry Tomato
     - Prepared Horseradish
     - Large diced Roasted Red Pepper
     - Pickled Ginger (sushi style)
     - Capers
     - Thin sliced Lemon Supremes
     - Sliced Egg
     - Small diced Bermuda Onion
     Place a small piece of thin sliced Gravlax on each small piece of toast.
     Garnish each canapé with you choice of extra garnishes.
     Place a dab of Masago Mayonnaise or Wasabi Mayonnaise on a few of the canapés.
     Arrange the finished Gravlax Canapés on a large party platter.
     Place a ramekin of the Hovmästarsås Sauce on the platter.
     Garnish the platter with:    
     - chopped bermuda onion
     - thin sliced lemon
     - capers.
     - chopped oiled egg or hard boiled egg halves
     - dill weed sprigs
    Viola!  A nice Gravlax Canapé party platter!     

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