Salo #1 | Dry Salted Pork Belly

Even though true salo comes from the back of the pig, a thick pork belly with one or two thin layers of meat is what most of Ukrainians consider a treat as well. In any case, it’s a good start for homemade salo in Texas. There are different ways to make salo: dry and wet salting, using cold and hot brine, making it cold or hot smoked. Adding other ingredients to salt rub or brine changes the recipe from region to region. In Kharkov and Poltava region, I’ve seen salo made with salt and garlic only. In Western regions, black pepper and paprika are added to salt. The recipe below is my first experiment with local pork belly and dry salt rub and covers both variations.

February 5, 2017
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Duck Breast: Cured and Smoked at Home

Many people do not realize how easy it is to make cured and smoked duck breasts at home. No special equipment is needed. Just 12 hours of curing in a mix of three basic ingredients, 48 hours for air drying in refrigerator, and you get a gourmet deli product to use for salads or main fancy dishes. Duck breasts taste good cured and air-dried, but if you own a Cameron’s stovetop smoker and slightly smoke them at the end, they’ll be extraordinary good.

October 4, 2016
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The Feast of Seven Fishes: Tequila-Cured Salmon

Miguel Ravago, one of the Fonda San Miguel founders, was served this dish in the Mexico City home of Guadelupe Rivera Marin, the daughter of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Miguel was so impressed with the taste of salmon that he asked Guadelupe’s permission to recreate the recipe for the restaurant in Austin.

January 5, 2015
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The Feast of Seven Fishes: Whiskey-Cured Tuna

In Texas, we are familiar with cured salmon, but don’t see much cured tuna. The taste, texture, and fatness of yellowfin tuna loin steaks differ from salmon, so does the result of curing it, even if you use the same recipe as for gravlax. In this recipe salt dehydrates tuna to a thick marmalade consistency…

January 4, 2015
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