Monthly Archives: April 2009

Crispy Honey-Lime Salmon

So, I’m gonna sort of piggy back posts here.  To go along with the panzanella salad I shared in my last post, I created a new salmon dish.  I know that a lot of people are bored with salmon and that it is actually becoming quite a controversial fish, but my husband and I love it.  In fact, I’ve even converted a few seafoodphobes with my blackened version(maybe I’ll post that one someday,too :)), and I find that I can always think of something new to do with it.  Although not naturally bland, I consider salmon my chicken of the sea…poached, broiled, baked, pan-fried, packed with flavor or simply seasoned, I can always find a tasty and satisfying method of preparation.  Now, usually, we want the sides to complement the protein, but the panzanella was really the focus of this meal and I wanted something with light flavor to accompany the tart, salty, cheesy salad.  Both the husband and I agreed that this had the perfect balance of zesty punch and mellow flavors to be yummy in its own right, without outshining the salad.  Hope you give it a try…

Ingredients

Salmon Fillets

Lime Zest

Fresh Garlic

Honey

Dijon Mustard

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Panko Bread Crumbs

Canola Oil

Process

Start by heating a large skillet, over medium-high heat, with just a drizzle of oil.  Then, lay your salmon onto a few paper towels to soak up any excess moisture and season each fillet with some salt and pepper.  Next, grab a dish and zest one lime into it, add honey, mustard, and finely minced garlic.

037Stir it all up, then grab another dish and load it up with an excess of panko.  Now you can set up your breading station.  I usually do this in order of what goes on the protein first and end up at the pan.  In this case, that’s fish, honey mustard mixture, panko, and hot pan.

038Dip each salmon fillet into the honey mustard to thoroughly coat both sides.

040Then dip each fillet into the panko and lightly coat all sides.

041Tip:  Add your fillets one at a time to the hot pan as you bread them.  The breading only takes a few seconds and you don’t need to dirty up another dish.

042Get all your fish into the pan and allow the first side to reach a deep golden brown before flipping.  The second side will cook faster, so keep an eye on it.  The fish is done when it feels firm to the touch and the meat just flakes.  On fillets this size, by the time both sides are equally golden the fish will be cooked through.

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Serve up with a wedge of lime and ENJOY!

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Rockin’ Roasted Tomato Panzanella Salad

A couple weeks ago, my local Asian/Produce market had a gorgeous crop of vine-ripened tomatoes, at the awesome and rare price of 99 cents a pound.  Me being the lifelong tomato-lover that I am, I just could not pass up such a deal.  I loaded up about 4 pounds and set off to brainstorm on how to use them up before they went bad.  Now, I’ve wanted to try panzanella salad for a few years now, but never thought my husband would be very receptive to the wet bread thing…until now.  He has tried many, many new things in the past few years, and I’ve learned to simply not tell him what I’m making when I think he might put up a fight.  So, this time ’round, I knew I was gonna go for it.  Only problem was it was late March and quite chilly here in Jersey.  A cold tomato and bread salad just didn’t seem quite appropriate.  After a little more thought, I decided to roast the tomatoes, toast up the bread, and serve it at room temp.  The result, I must say, was the best thing I’ve made in a long time (yes, DH agrees) and I’m so glad that we photographed so that I can share it with all of you….it’s a must try!  When it gets a little warmer I plan to develop a summer panzanella so keep a look out for that in the coming months.

Ingredients

Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

Ciabatta Bread (stale is okay)

Fresh Garlic

Fresh Lime Juice (plus a couple tbsps. of zest)

Fresh Lemon Juice

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Red Onion

Fresh Parsley

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese (can also use parmesan, asiago, romano, etc.)

Process

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees, then cube your bread.

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Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss in the oven.

030Then cut your tomatoes into medium wedges.

033Toss in a baking dish, grate some garlic over the top, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.  Then pop ’em into the oven.

034While your bread toasts and your tomatoes roast, you can prepare the dressing.  Squeeze the juice of one lemon and one lime into a bowl, drizzle in some olive oil whisking while you do so (to emulsify or homogenize the liquid).

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Thinly slice some onion and finely chop the parsley, toss in the vinaigrette and season the whole mess with plenty of salt and pepper.  Stir it up, taste it, sniff it, and continue to season until your tastebuds are all tingly.

047When your bread is golden brown and the tomatoes are soft, bubbly, and brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple minutes.

0501Toss the tomatoes into the dressing, with most of their juices.

051Your bread should look like this:

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Now toss that in, too.  Use your vegetable peeler to shave up a heaping pile of cheese shards then add to the salad.

053Now use your mitts or grab some salad spoons and toss up the whole thing until everything is well-combined.

054Be careful not to over mix, you don’t want it to be squishy, you just want everything to be coated in dressing.  Now, serve it up with some protein, and ENJOY!

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