Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Salmon en Croute




The 2009 December Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon en Croute

The photo is her's as well. Unfortunately I didn't get to photograph mine before they were eaten. Thats how tasty this simple dish is.


This is a very rich dish, if you wanted to make it a little healthier, you could swap the shortcrust pastry for filo, and the cheese for yogurt. Serve with lots of veges and you have a very healthy meal.


Salmon en croute
Ingredients
Mascarpone or creamcheese 5.2 ounces/150 gr
Watercress, rocket (arugula) and spinach - 0.6 cup/4.2 ounces/120 gr

I also added salt, pepper, 3 cloves of garlic, zest and juice of a lemon.

Shortcrust pastry - 17.6 ounces, 500 gr. Use a butterversion such as Jus-rol which is frozen or dorset pastry. or... make your own!
Salmon fillet (skinless)- 17.6 ounce/500 gr
egg - 1 medium sized
Directions:
1.Heat the oven to 200°C/390 F. Put the mascarpone or cream cheese in a food processor with the watercress, spinach and rocket and whizz the lot until you have a creamy green puree. Season well.
2. Roll the pastry out so you can wrap the salmon in it completely (approx. 2-3 mm thick) and lay it on a buttered or oiled baking sheet (it will hang over the edges). Put the salmon in the middle. If it has a thinner tail end, tuck it under. Spoon half of the watercress mixture onto the salmon. Now fold the pastry over into a neat parcel (the join will be at the top, so trim the edge neatly), making sure you don’t have any thick lumps of pastry as these won’t cook through properly. Trim off any excess as you need to. Make 3 neat cuts in the pastry to allow steam to escape and make some decorations with the off-cuts to disguise the join if you like. Brush with the egg glaze.
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and browned. To test wether the salmon is cooked, push a sharp knife through one of the cuts into the flesh, wait for 3 seconds then test it against the inside of your wrist; if it is hot, the salmon is cooked. Serve with the rest of the watercress puree as a sauce.

5 comments:

  1. oh I can believe that it was tasty.

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  2. Glad you liked the challenge so much. I did the meat version (with moose/elk), but I'm very tempted to do the fish one as well. I like your idea of using filo dough to make a lighter dish, I think I will try that!

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  3. Glad to hear that you liked the challenge so much! At first when I opened your blog I was thinking ' wow, that photo is so similar to mine' only to realize in almost the same split second that it was mine...lol...

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  4. Very pretty looking Salmon en Croute! I also suggest instead of phyllo maybe make your own dough with whole wheat flour and use light cream cheese, though I have to say I may try the phyllo and yogurt version next time :)

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  5. I was thinking about using yogurt for this sauce the next time also!

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