oven roasted atlantic salmon, bed of caramelized onions
Tomorrow I’ll be joining my uncle and other relatives up in Arkansas for Christmas Dinner so I decided to cook the special holiday meal tonight. I will be honest and say that tonight was bit hectic. A buerre rouge sauce (red wine butter) burned into oblivion and somehow time went by faster than it should have.
Typically, Christmas dinner is a 4 hour, 10 course affair, but since my brother wasn’t able to make it down to Memphis — my brother being a speedy cook with actual restaurant experience. In this scenario, I usually just walk around with a spoon and taste things — I alone held the kitchen. I kept things simple at 3 courses, and although I was a tad slow, I think the food turned out as good as it should have.
risotto croquettes. Needs a garnish for looks. Other than that, tasty.
Appetizer was the traditional risotto croquettes with goat cheese. I made these last year and decided that these would become a family tradition. Basically it combines everything I love into one bite: goat cheese, risotto, fried breadcrumbs and tomato sauce. They are time consuming to make (stayed up until 3am rolling them), but worth the effort.
At the top of this post is the entree. I intended to cook mahi-mahi but since Fresh Market didn’t have any, I ended up buying atlantic salmon, which isn’t exactly one of my favorite fishes. It’s generally too…fishy…but this fish was very fresh and after a run in the oven and stint under the broiler, turned out very well with the sweet onions.
roasted pears, ice cream w. chocolate bourbon sauce
Dessert was roasted pears with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate bourbon sauce. I should have left the pears in the oven for another 5-8 minutes because they were still tough when I served them. Flavors though were nice, especially the chocolate sauce which was very easy to make.
Recipe for Risotto Croquettes
*Supplement goat cheese and little bit of cream cheese for the other cheeses. Italian bread crumbs are also acceptable. And for the risotto, you can season with salt, pepper, flat-leaf parsley, and parmesan-reggiano cheese.
Recipe for Oven Roasted Atlantic Salmon w. Caramelized Onions
Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)
5 Large Onions
Soak salmon in milk for 5-10 minutes (makes fish less fishy tasting). Mix together melted butter and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. After removing salmon from bath and soaking up milk with paper towel, baste salmon with the butter/lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (depends on thickness of fillet. Meanwhile, slice onions and caramelize in pan. Remove fish from oven, set oven to broiler (move oven rack to the top) and once when oven is ready, baste fish again in lemon/butter mixture and put into oven for another 3-6 minutes. When the top is nice and crusty (maybe even burnt on some parts), it’s done. Serve fish on bed of onions.
Recipe for Roasted Pears w. Chocolate Bourbon Sauce