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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Recipe: Herbed Salmon Filets w/ Chive Potato Purée

Last Wednesday Brian wanted something not diet-y and delicious.  We were wandering through Super-U and saw two salmon filets for €4.00.  It struck me suddenly to make something with those… so I created this meal.  Here’s what you’ll need…

-Package of Fresh Mozzarella
-1 lemon
-2 salmon filets
-1 bunch of chives
-1 bunch ofdill
-Around 500 grams of potatoes
-4 Ripe tomatoes (roma or on the vine are best)
-1 cup white cooking wine
For seasonings
-2 tablespoons herbs de provence

It will become this:

So.  Let’s begin.
1. Start by the salad, as it needs to marinate for at least 30 minutes… so instructions:
            Herbed Tomato Mozz Salad
a.     Cut the tomatoes in nice sized chunks
b.     Cut the mozzarella in smaller, still nice sized chunks
c.      Mix ¼ cup red wine vinegar and ½ cup olive oil, salt, pepper and herbes de provence.  Shake or whisk in a container, mix with the tomatoes and mozzarella, cover and set in fridge.
2. Now as the salad marinates, we’ll get going on the salmon and the puree.
            Herbed Purée & Salmon Filet
a.     Begin by washing the herbs and the potatoes.  Take the potatoes and either boil or steam until squishy and easy to mash… you can leave it to cook while you prepare the salmon.
b.     Salmon: simply take out of package, lay on cutting board and season lightly with salt & pepper.  Squeeze half the lemon over the salmon filets.  Chop up the (herb) and place aside.  Chop the chives, place aside.
c.      Heat one nice size pan on the stove at medium-high heat, melt butter and a small amount of olive oil, put the salmon filets face down.. sizzle sizzle.  After about 1 minute, turn the salmon over, add the other half of lemon juice, pour in the white wine, add the (herb), reduce heat to medium-low, cover.
d.     Potatoes:  Get the potatoes out of hot water, into a metal bowl.  Either mash with fork, adding small amount of milk (as desired) and about 3 tablespoons butter.  You can also blend with a hand blender… makes it creamier.  Add lots of salt and pepper (potatoes are bland) and mix in the chopped chives.
e.     After the potatoes are done, the salmon should be done (sauce can be reduced more as desired)… serve with the marinated salad, a crusty bread and a chilled white or rosé wine!  Delicious!
Now let’s break down the cost..
Herbs (€1.20)
Salmon (€3.90)
Milk (€0.30)
Butter (€0.10)
Potatoes (€0.79)
Tomatoes (€0.80)
Mozzarella (€1.05)
White Wine (€0.25)
1 Lemon (€0.72)
TOTAL COST:  €9.02, or about €4.50 a person.  Imagine at a restaurant it would be around €13… that’s savings of 8.50!!  YAY!  And it’s super delicious.
 Enjoy!.. and A+

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