Monday, 29 July 2013

Salmon en Croute

Another show-off dishes! great for sharing with friends and family. 

Delicious dish doesn't need to be fancy, fancy dishes are not always delicious.

This is an easy impressive French dish that will take your breathe away..

Salmon is also a superfood, a great source of protein and omega-3 !

You'll need :

1 sheet of puff pastry / short crust pastry
( store bought or homemade ) 
400g of salmon fillet
60g unsalted butter, softened
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Generous handful of basil leaves
Small handful of dill leaves
Sea salt 
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 
Plain flour, to dust
1 egg yolk, beaten


1. Check the salmon for pin bones, removing any that you find with tweezers, then cut in half. Line a baking tray with a lightly oiled piece of foil.

2. Mix the softened butter with the lemon zest, basil, dill and some salt and pepper in a bowl, to make the filling.

3. Pat the salmon fillets dry with kitchen paper, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread the herb butter over one fillet, on the boned side, and the mustard evenly on the other fillet. Sandwich the two salmon fillets together, in opposite directions so both ends are of an even thickness.

4. Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle, the thickness of a coin and large enough to enclose the salmon. Put the salmon parcel in the centre of the pastry and brush the surrounding pastry with egg. Bring up the edges, trimming off any excess, and tuck them in before folding the rest of the pastry over to form a neat parcel. Carefully turn the whole thing over so that the seam is underneath and place on the prepared baking tray.

5. Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Lightly score a herringbone or cross-hatch pattern using the back of a knife. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover loosely and chill for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

6. Bake the salmon for 20–25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and crisp. To test if ready, insert a skewer into the middle. It should feel warm for medium cooked salmon. A piping hot skewer indicates that the fish is well done.

7. Rest the salmon for 5 minutes, then cut into portions using a serrated knife. 

Enjoy ! 

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