Friday, April 22, 2011

Salmon in mushroom sauce

This recipe is very simple and delicious.

If serving this dish with white rice, cook the rice before starting this recipe. Couscous seasoned with salt, some lemon juice and olive oil would also be a good option to pair.

Here's a photo of most ingredients. Cheddar cheese was not used. Sometimes I pick some ingredients which are dropped from the recipe as I cook.

The list of ingredients follow:

-Salmon fillet without skin. Size doesn't matter. You can use just a small piece or the whole fillet as shown here.
-2 medium size yellow potatoes
-2 cans of Campbell's cream of mushroom
-1 can (4oz) sliced mushrooms. Fresh sliced mushroom is ok too.
-1/2 cup chopped parsley
-1/2 cup chopped green onions
-1/4 tea spoon rosemary
-1 onion
-1 table spoon minced garlic
-1 tea spoon garlic powder
-1 tea spoon onion powder
-2 table spoons of vegetable oil
-1/2 cup milk
-1/2 cup sherry
-Kosher salt
-Olive oil

The Sherry gives a nice flavor to the sauce.

I like to crush my dry herbs as I cook, so I add a little amount of salt and the rosemary to a mortar and crush it fine.

Then sprinkle salt, the fine crushed rosemary, garlic and onion powder to the salmon.
Spread some olive oil to the roaster.
Lay the salmon and cover with some olive oil.
Spread the olive oil evenly on the salmon.
Chop the potatoes to 1/8in thick and add to the roaster.

Set oven to 400F and roast the salmon while you prepare the sauce. It should be cooked in 10 to 15min.

Add the oil to a pan at high heat, add chopped onions and saute' until golden.
Add the minced garlic and stir until golden.
Add the previously drained mushrooms.
Cook for 1 minute, then add the mushroom cream and change heat to medium low.
Add 1/2 cup of milk and stir well.
Cook for few minutes stirring constantly and turn heat off. Remove from the hot surface, then add the sherry, stirring to combine. Add salt to taste.

Salmon should be almost cooked, test with a fork. When cooked, it come off in flakes. if it is almost cooked, that is fine too. Also check the potatoes. Try one and check if it is cooked. It may be al dente, which is fine since all will be back to the oven. Don't turn off the oven yet.

Remove the roaster from the oven.
Dump the sauce on top.

Take it back to the oven and let it cook for 5 minutes. This should finish cooking the salmon and potatoes (if not yet 100% cooked).

Turn oven off, remove roaster and sprinkle the green herbs on top.

It is ready.

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