Monday, February 6, 2012

Salmon in puff pastry

Beside lot of calories that can come with those crispy puff pastry, this dish is quite health as there are good ingredients like salmon (high protein, high omega-3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D content), spinach (high calcium content, rich source of iron, rich in antioxidants, rich source of vitamin A, etc.), garlic. Not a lots of ingredients but enough healthy to make this dish so good. Quick to prepare and up! in the oven. The crust is crispy and tasty. Salmon is soft and fill with aroma from spinach and mushroom. White sauce make everything come together and make salmon so moist and tasty. Serve with nice fresh salad on the side, this dish will surely make family, friends, guests, and everyone on the table smile :) And why not make it for dinner tonight? ;)

Ingredients:  About 8 servings
  • 700 gram salmon fillet, boneless, skinless
  • Garlic
  • Spinach (I used about 6 handful, you can use more but not less please :) spinach is good for health!)
  • Mushroom, sliced (as much as you want :) also, any kinds of mushroom you like)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry(thaw at counter top for about an hour if frozen. Not too long or pastry sheet will be too soft to manage)
  • Classic white sauce (store bought or home made - recipe below :))
  • a few shake of each: garlic powder and onion powder (optional)
  • a few tablespoons of vegetable oil (to cook spinach and mushroom)
  1. In a pan, heat a tablespoon of oil, brown together garlic and spinach until cook (spinach all soft). Season lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat a few tablespoon of oil, brown together garlic and mushroom until nice brown and no more liquid. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Also, with garlic powder and onion powder if using. Set aside.
  3. Season salmon fillet with salt and pepper.
  4. Have your "white sauce" ready.
  1. On a baking tray line with parchment paper, lay on first sheet of puff pastry (as this will be a base).
  2. Spread cooked spinach all over, begin from the middle, leave space about an inch away from the edge.
  3. Spread about 6 tablespoons (just enough but not too much or puff pastry will be too wet after cook) of "white sauce" over the spinach. *You can always serve this white sauce on the side anyway.
  4. Lay the seasoned salmon fillet on top.
  5. Spread 6 more tablespoons of "white sauce" over salmon fillet.
  6. Spread cooked mushroom on top.
  7. Cover with second sheet of puff pastry.
  8. Tuck in all edge to seal salmon and trim off any excess edge. *Decorate as you like using excess edge that you just trim off :)
  9. Brush all surface with egg yolk or egg wash (beat whole egg with a teaspoon of water).
  10. Bake in pre heat oven at 400 F until nice golden brown, about 35 minutes. * depend on the temperature of your oven and thickness of salmon fillet you use.
- As everything will be season with salt and pepper anyway, you can just season lightly.
- As this is not baking recipe, so, all ingredients are flexible. It' s depend on your taste. More or less as you like. Cool huh? ;)
- Simply cut the size of your salmon fillet to match the size of puff pastry sheet. Just keep in mind not to forget to leave about an inch around the edge to seal.

Classic white sauce:
  • 25 gram butter
  • 25 gram all purpose flour
  • 300 ml cold milk ("cold" to stop sauce from burning when add :))
  • 60 gram shredded white cheddar cheese
  • a pinch of each: salt, pepper and nutmeg
*Recipe from Gordon Ramsey. you can check out his video here.
This sauce is really .. really good!! It is my favorite white sauce. i stop searching :)

  1. In a sauce pan, put in butter and wait until all melted.
  2. Add in flour, stir with wooden spoon until become paste.
  3. On medium-low heat, add in milk, 1/3 at a time. stir quickly and continuously to avoid any lump. If seem to hot, just take off from heat source to stir then put back when ready to add another batch of milk.
  4. Change to a whisk, add 2nd batch of milk, whisk until well blend and no lump before adding last batch of milk. Whisk Whisk Whisk! until no lump. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  5. Let all together cook (continue to stir) for a minute before adding cheddar cheese. Whisk until cheese melted and sauce become thicken (a few minutes or so).
- Everything will happen quite fast so better have all ingredients ready to use :)

If there is some leftover (really??!?!?!?), the easiest and quickest way to re-heat would be "microwave" for about 30 second - 1 minute depend on the thickness of your slide. Taste will still be as good but puff pastry will be soft, but still good! Or, re-heat in the preheat "oven" at 350 F for about 5-10 minutes will give the better texture but salmon might dry out a little bit. It's your choice! mine? i eat them all :D

Enjoy! ^_^

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