Winter Wonderland Theme Food Idea
If you make every dish white, you will have a very boring looking dinner.
For an entree, try smoked salmon on crackers or toast quarters or miniature hors d’ourves size pumpernickel. Just place a small piece of salmon on the bread, then pipe on Boursin Cheese (mix with a bit of milk or cream until it is the proper consistency to pipe or Creme Fresh. Garnish with capers. The white cheese would resemble snow.
Main: Baked, Broiled or Poached Salmon. The best Wild Salmon is from Alaska. Here is one recipe.
Oven Baked Salmon With Herbs
or look at Jaques original recipe with pics.
This cooking technique is something of a miracle. The fish bakes at a low heat right on the platter you will serve it on. No pans to wash! You will know it is done when the fish flakes, but it doesn’t change color as much because it keeps its moisture no more dried out fish! And it is so flavorful!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
•1 salmon filet about a pound
•2 4 T fresh herbs, chopped (thyme or dill is nice, *I prefer basil or teateaspoon•1/2 teaspoon pepper
•1/2 teaspoon salt (a bit more if kosher, or if fish is skinned) *I use about 1/4 tsp. kosher salt)
•1 teaspoon oil, if that you just need a very thin film
I first saw this technique used on this segment of Jacques Pepin’s TV show “Fast Food My Way”. He does his a bit fancier, by removing the skin. This is not necessary, unless you don’t want the unsightly skin hanging around your elegant buffet. The meat lifts right off the skin after it is done. It is filletd idea to run your hand over the filet and make sure there aren’t a bunch of bones, but frankly I don’t always do that either I figure people can pick out their own bones. If you do pick out the bones fillet makes it easier if you drape the filet over something convex like a bowl they stick right out when you position this fish this way.
*I always use salmon filet and pull out the bones with a tweezer. It is a much nicer presentation. You can ask your fish monger to pull out the bone and remove the skin, so you don’t waste time doing it.
Preheat the oven to 200 F (100C). (not a typo) However, if you want to shorten the cooking time, preheat the oven to 350F (180C) and bake for approximately 20 25 minutes. I prefer my salmon cooked medium. *Salmon cooked at the lower temperature does retain better flavor and moisture.
Chop up the herb, and mix it with the salt and pepper. I happen to have lemon thyme in my garden, and it is my favorite for fish, but regular thyme or any herb you like works fine even parsley. If you want to use more, that’s fine, and sometimes I mix in a a tablespoon or so of sesame seeds. *Tried the sesame seed and I didn’t care for them in this dish.
Smear the oil on an oven proof serving plafillet and put the fish on top. If the filet is skinned, put some salt and pepper on both sides, otherwise just put the fish skin side down and season the top. I usually run my oily hand from the platter smearing over the fish so the seasoning will stick a bit better.
Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until salmon flakes. You won’t believe how good it is. I usually serve it with a sort of homemade tartar sauce mixing mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, some of the same herb I used on the fish, capers, and a very small amount of hot sauce. I do it to taste, but I’ll figure out a recipe soon and link it.
*I prefer this salmon dish with a Yogurt Horseradish Sauce Mix a tablespoon or 2 (to taste) of prepared horseradish into 1 cup yogurt, add 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herb(s) used on the fish. and/or Prepare a Sweet Mustard. Mix basil or thyme into a small jar or purchased Honey Mustard.
To resemble snow, serve salmon with Piped Mashed Potatoes, White Rice or Risotto.artichokes allows, prepared whole baby arichokes, decorate with red pepper pieces to resemble Christmas Tree.
Nutritional Information: Figuring three servings per pound, each has zero carbs, 30 grams of protein, and 230 calories, excluding any sauce of course.
Desserts that remind of a winter wonderland would include Pavlova
and Floating Island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/floating_islan…
Problem is both require more then 70 minutes to cook and prepare. If you can use store bought ingredients, consider toasted strore bought pound cake, topped with vanilla ice cream. Top the ice cream with Creme De Menthe or Hot fudge or Marshmallow fluff and piped green tinted whipped cream garnished wth sliced strawberries or candied cherries. You could also prepare a trifle.
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