Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class? Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch? Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes. These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.
How to Make Lox
Every time we stay somewhere with a really nice breakfast buffet, the husband’s eyes dart back and forth until he finds what he’s looking for– piles of either lox or smoked salmon. He is immediately on a mission, making a beeline past the glistening piles of fruit, eggs, and fluffy waffles, and straight to the seafood. Only after he finishes devouring one, sometimes two, bagels, always overflowing with cream cheese and salmon, does he move on to the other options. If you, like him, get positively giddy when you see lox, you may have had the same crushed look that he had on his face when he saw what lox costs to buy pre-made. Even if you find a good price, pre-made lox typically comes in teeny-tiny, sad little packages. It was therefore, with some relief, to both my wallet and to the husband, to realize that lox is INCREDIBLY simple to make at home. For this ‘Cooking 101’ lesson, ‘How to Make Lox,’ we’ll take on those pretty pink salmon fillets and turn them into a delicious breakfast topping.