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Showing posts with label Salmon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Salmon. Show all posts

Friday, February 7, 2014

Poached Salmon with Minted Yogurt Sauce


Cooking is often the most Zen activity of my day. Especially when I come across a recipe that is elegant in its simplicity, beautiful to look at as I am preparing it and finally, a wonderful experience when it is eaten.  This recipe, which came from Food and Wine, falls right into that category.  It’s so soothing looking that I made its cooking the main illustration above.  With its parsley and dill branches looking like reeds in a stream, it’s a treat just to look at.  But the surprise came when we tasted our first bites.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A really easy way to brighten up the Holiday Cocktail Hour


         
       Tonight, our friends David, Carrington and Mitch will hold a Holiday Cocktail Party. As much as I am looking forward to seeing each of them, what I am really hoping we'll find is that David has once again made this wonderful hors d'oeuvre.  David has a terrific New Year’s Day Party. And a year ago while ushering in the New Year, David introduced us to a gorgeous dish I’d never seen before. It’s a combination of a very simple egg salad topped with some beautiful Salmon Roe as you can see for yourself….

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bobby Flay’s Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce



       I like Bobby Flay.  For quite a few years, I worked above his ‘store’. That would be his highly successful Mesa Grill (102 Fifth Avenue (15-16th St), NYC  Tel: 212-807-7400). At Mesa, his take on Southwestern cuisine virtually introduced New York to the flavors of that part of the country.  Of course, along the way, he reinvented dishes left, right and center.  There were his scrumptious Blue Corn Pancakes with Barbequed Duck.   And then there was the spicy heat and sweetness of his Ancho Chile Honey Glazed Salmon.  So when I ran across Bobby’s recipe for Salmon Burgers in “The Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes” Volume 13 (Food and Wine Books, American Express Publishing Corporation 2010), I couldn’t wait to try them.

Bobby, Hands-On at one of the Palaces

        Lately, Bobby has started to build his own Burger Empire.  He has 5 Bobby’s Burger Palaces scattered around New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.  Since they are nowhere near where I am, I cannot vouch for any of them but I do know that one my favorite burger chefs tells me Bobby’s Burgers are the real deal.  And Bobby knows enough about burgers to have written the cookbook that got him into Food and Wine’s “Best of the Best”.  It’s called   “Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries and Shakes” (Random House 2009) and you can buy it right here.  Oddly, however, while the book serves up the Salmon Burger recipe, Bobby’s Burger Palaces do not.  The burgers there are all Beef, Chicken and Turkey.  There’s not one seafood item on the menu. My guess is if enough people try this recipe, they’ll start asking for it next time they hit the Burger Palace. 
 
        To appreciate this dish, you really should go the whole nine yards. And please, this is a really simple recipe.  It just has a lot of ingredients.  The meaty salmon pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the hoisin sauce. And don’t leave off the spicy Asian influenced slaw.   The pickled ginger that tops it really sets it apart from ordinary cole slaw.  There’s nothing here that you can’t readily find in the Asian aisle in most supermarkets.  Hoisin itself is sometimes referred to as the ketchup of Asia.  It’s truly ubiquitous. And with the popularity of Sushi at an all time high, pickled ginger isn’t all that hard to find either.   Use your food processor to chop the fish. It makes life much simpler. Here’s the recipe: 

Recipe for Bobby Flay’s Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Sauce and Asian Slaw

For the Hoisin Barbecue Sauce:

Hoisin Barbecue Sauce Ingredients
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large shallots, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
½ cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

For the Salmon Burgers
:

1 ½ pounds fresh salmon
2 tablespoons canola oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns, split; toasted if desired. ( I used 7 Grain buns but any hamburger bun can be pressed into service)




For the Slaw:

2 tablespoons canola oil
¼ cup thinly sliced pickled ginger, plus more for garnish (optional)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ small head of red cabbage, finely shredded
½ medium head of napa cabbage, finely shredded
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
First, make the Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add the shallots and garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes.
Add the hoisin, ketchup, honey, soy sauce, fish sauce, and vinegar and cook until heated through and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
Set aside to cool.
(The sauce can be made 1 day in advance, covered, ad refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before using.)
To make the Salmon Burgers

To form the burgers, cut the salmon into large pieces and then coarsely chop in a food processor. Do not overprocess. (Alternatively you can chop it by hand with a sharp knife.)
Divide the salmon into 4 equal portions (about 6 ounces each). Form each potion loosely into a ¾-inch-think burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb.
Place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Meanwhile, make the slaw.
Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat.
Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring once, until soft, about 1 minute.
Stir in the cabbage, season, with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring once, until slightly wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar, sesame oil, and cilantro. Let sit at room temperature.
To cook the burgers, heat the oil in a sauté pan or griddle (nonstick or cast iron) until it begins to shimmer.
Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper. Cook the burgers until golden brown on the bottom sides, about 3 minutes.
Turn over, brush with some of the hoisin barbecue sauce, and continue cooking until medium-well, about 3 minutes longer.
Place the burgers on the bun bottoms, drizzle some hoisin barbecue sauce over them, and top with the slaw.
Garnish with pickled ginger. Cover with the burger tops and serve immediately.

Serves 4

    

Monday, December 6, 2010

Honey Glazed Salmon with Sesame Green Beans



Mary Woltz of Bee's Needs in Sag Harbor NY
The East End of Long Island of Long Island is full of people doing wonderful things with food.  Among them is one my favorite people, Mary Woltz.  The North Carolina native has single-handedly invented “Bee’s Needs”, a source of wonderful honeys.  That’s right plural.  Because Mary’s ‘girls’, as she likes to call them, create quite different honeys depending on what’s in bloom in our little patch of paradise. 
Mary's table at the Sag Harbor Farmer's Market
There are three distinct tastes created in Mary’s Early, Mid and Late Season honeys.  She manages 100 colonies all on her own—with a little help from her Painter husband, Rob, at least at the Farmer’s Market.  She’s set up what may be the first Community Supported Apiculture program in the country.  In this program, members buy a “share” for $100.00 and for that we receive 12 jars of Mary’s honey, a tour of the hives and a wonderful newsletter.  What this means is that we have a wonderful supply of local honey that lasts a year.  I am always on the lookout for great recipes using honey—because we have so much and it is so good. 
If you want to know more about Mary, here’s a video where she talks about her girls and her bee-keeping.  Did you know that bees have a part in one in three bites of food?  Follow this link and you will learn more from Mary…http://thepeoplewhofeedus.com/?p=152

Monday, May 10, 2010

Salt and Pepper Salmon with Smashed Potatoes, Peas, Lemon, Pearl Onions and Mint



I’d go back to Ireland in a New York minute, but it wouldn’t be for the food.  Aside from a wonderful Thanksgiving feast that we prepared ourselves, a dinner at Fallon & Byrne in Dublin and an Irish Breakfast at Merv Griffin’s St. Cleran’s Hotel, we basically had dreadful food.  So imagine my surprise at discovering that when Tyler Florence was working on the recipe for Salt and Pepper Salmon, his reference point was “Colcannon”.  According to LaRousse, “Colcannon” is “a very popular Irish dish made from mashed potatoes and green cabbage, mixed with butter or milk and strongly flavored with chives, parsley and pepper”. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Salmon with Mushroom and Scallion Sauce


        This is a weeknight delight because it literally comes together in 30 minutes, it’s healthy and you get your Omega-3s in a delicious piece of salmon. And yes, there is all of ¼ cup of heavy cream  which last time I looked worked out to 50 extra calories a serving.
I confess to having grave doubts about pairing mushrooms and salmon.  But who doesn’t love doing a recipe search for a combination you’ve never heard of and finding something that really works?  In  this case, Food and Wine’s website produced this recipe from Ian Garrone and Allen Kuehn, two San Franciscans who, respectively, toil at Far West Fungi and the San Francisco Fish Company. They have neighboring stores in the Ferry Building, a temple of food that you really shouldn’t miss when you visit the city.  And after you’ve tried this, I’m sure you won’t want to.  But please, if you can afford it, buy Wild Caught Salmon and stay away from the Farmed stuff and you'll be doing salmon (and the water they swim in) a huge favor.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Smoked Salmon and Potato Breakfast Casserole


       The food pantry that our church sponsors is called The Brown Bag Program and provides lunch for about 80 people a day.  It costs about $3.25 to fill a bag and, like every other charity in the City, we’ve been feeling the pinch of the recession.  The numbers needing help are up and the help is down.  To publicize our plight, we hosted a breakfast at Christ and St. Stephen’s and I made this delicious and different breakfast casserole.  What’s great about it is that you can do the whole thing the night before, chill it and bake it in the morning.
I’m sharing the recipe for 6 servings because if you’re not feeding an Army, salvation or otherwise, you won’t need the quantity I was making.  But you certainly can double it for a crowd.  For the recipe all you have to do is scroll down.  And if you’d like to contribute to The Brown Bag Program, all you have to do is follow this link: http://www.csschurch.org


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Salmon with Lentils



I've been asked for quick weeknight recipes and while this one involves a little chopping, I think it falls into that category.