Twice cured ocean trout & horseradish dressing

This festive favourite is always a hit. My recipe was inspired by this one by Jamie Oliver. I prefer ocean trout as flavour is more subtle than salmon, allowing the nuances of both cures to shine through. Allow up to 3 days to complete the process, and if you have more time, then keep curing for 2 days per cure. Enjoy.

Cure 1
1.5 kg ocean trout fillet, skin off, pin boned
2 beets, peeled, cut into 4 pieces
1 orange, zest only
2 lemons, zest only
6 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
50 ml sake

Cure 2
1 bunch dill
1 bunch coriander
1 tablespoon juniper berries, crushed
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons pink peppercorns
50 ml sake

To serve 

a few handfuls watercress, well washed and dried
1 punnet micro herbs, snipped
4 lime cheeks

Cure 1
Place fish in a large oval dish.
In a food processor place beets, zest, sugar and salt.
Blitz into a smooth paste.
Spoon sake over fish, then paste the cure over the fish using a spatula.
Cover entirely with the paste cover with cling wrap and chill 24 hours.

Cure 2 
Blitz the ingredients for the second cure in a food processor.
Spoon sake over fish, then paste the cure over the fish using a spatula.
Cover entirely with the paste, cover with cling wrap and chill for at least 24 hours.

To serve

Make a salad of watercress and micro herbs.
Finely slice trout and arrange on a platter.
Add lime and serve with horseradish dressing.

For the horseradish dressing

6 egg yolks
1 lemon, juice only
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 cup Brookfarm macadamia oil
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Pinch salt

For the dressing

Place egg yolks, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and garlic in a food processor.
Pulse until well combined.
Gently add the macadamia oil in a slow steady stream so as to thicken slightly.
You will have a thick but pourable mayonnaise style dressing.
Add horseradish and mustard and pulse again to combine. Check seasoning.
Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate until required for up to 3 days.

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