Monday, December 15, 2008

More Salmon

Have I mentioned that I adore salmon???!!! In an effort to find new ways of serving it I made a buerre blanc to go with it this time. I have made a similar recipe before and it was served on a bed of minted pea puree - it was delicious, but this time I wanted to go for a lower carb version so served the salmon on a some minted, sauteed zucchini ribbons. It worked just as well and I was more than happy with this variation. The last time I made beurre blanc it was just wine, white wine vinegar and butter, and although it worked out fine, I liked the look of Al Brown's recipe where the vinegar and wine is infused with flavour first and the addition of cream. This is one of those sauces, like hollandaise, that you do have to take care with, but the effort is so met with the most gorgeous result. As much as salmon is a quite rich and oily fish, it is just fabulous swathed in this stuff- pure luxury on a plate.
The zucchini ribbons are a breeze too- simply slice zucchinis into ribbons using a potato peeler, pop them in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Grate in a clove of garlic, add in a good handful of chopped mint, half a handful of chopped flat leaf parsley, and about a tsp of grated lemon zest. Tip it all into a hot pan and sautee until tender, spritz with a little lemon juice and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.For the beurre blanc you need:
  • 50ml white wine
  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot (1Tbl)
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100ml cream
  • 250g butter (cold and cut into centimetre squares)
  • salt and pepper
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Method

Place the wine and vinegar in a saucepan.
Rough chop the shallot and add to the liquid with the peppercorns and bay leaf.
Place on medium heat and reduce the wine and vinegar by three-quarters.
Next add the cream and reduce by half. Cool slightly then return to very low heat.
Whisk in the butter piece by piece until fully incorporated and silky smooth in appearance.
Strain the sauce through a fine sieve and discard the solids.
Taste the beurre blanc sauce and season with salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice if required. The beurre blanc will keep in this form for a couple of hours if kept covered in a warm place. Once it is cold it can't be reheated as it will split.

2 comments:

Ashley said...

this looks awesome! i just cooked salmon at home for the first time tonight, and now that i have a good fish source, i'm excited to try new recipes with it. :)

Semlan said...

Oh Linda that salmond looks absolutely delicious. Yum! Have to try it!! :)