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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Salmon Dinner

My 1st attempt at cooking Salmon.

Wow sorry about the gap between posts.  Guess you can tell I've been busy, this new job really picks up in the summer. That plus all the work getting the Davis County Fair's Dutch Oven Cook-off pulled off. Well that's another post.....

Any way at the fair we had a gentleman doing Dutch-oven Demos, he recently took a trip to Alaska and brought back some salmon, which he cooked at the demo then let everyone sample it.  I was hooked (pun intended).

So grocery shopping the other day they had a managers special on salmon. (Reel me in) Now remember from previous posts, my husband does not like seafood, (his loss). I picked up some chicken for him. So here is how I prepared my melt in your mouth salmon....

1st I flexed each fillet to make sure they were free of bones, there was only one I had to pull, so not too bad. I placed the fillets in a bowl, sprinkled them with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, dill, a little minced garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Then I let them sit while I prepare the rest of dinner.

Dilly potatoes, I took my mandolin slicer and sliced up about 6 potatoes, rinsed them, and placed them around an 8" cast iron skillet, seasoned them with a little salt and pepper, then some minced garlic and chopped onion. I melted 1/2 Cup of butter and drizzled over the top of the potatoes and put them into a 450 degree oven for about 45 minute to 1 hour. Pulled them out and topped them with a little Colby Jack cheese. If you have bacon, yep, you can add some crumbled on the top.

Then I prepared the hubby's portion of dinner, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, dill, sprinkled on top of 2 Chicken breasts that I pounded to 1/4" (even size means even cooking). In the bottom of a Cast Iron I heated up about 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon chopped onion, once that started to sizzle I added the chicken breasts and cooked till the were golden brown over a medium high heat.

In another Cast Iron Skillet (yes I have 3 does that surprise you?) you could also use a Dutch Oven, heat about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil over a medium high heat and place the salmon in the oil, moving it around, to making sure it doesn't stick, cook for a minute or two in then flip and cook for another minute, turn at least twice.

 I stuck a thermometer in mine, cause I'm kinda picky like that, and it temped at 130 degrees, I pulled them from the pan and put them on a plate with a little pat of butter.

I served them with lemon wedges. They melted in your mouth. I will be making this again, maybe when the hubby is at the cabin. (wink).

Try something new, taste something new, expand your food views, you may be pleasingly surprised.
Have Fun Cookin'

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