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Braised Whole Fillet of Salmon in Wine and Aromatic Vegetables

 

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Trans-fat Free, Low Carb
 

Ingredients

1 large carrots
cut into neat 1/4inch dice
1 large onions
cut into neat 1/4inch dice
2-3 each celery stalks
tender, neatly diced
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
Seasonings
1 x salt
*
1 x black pepper
freshly ground
*
1 x tarragon leaves
dried
*
2 pounds salmon fillets
skinless, about 1/2 inch thick
1 ½ cups vermouth
dry white french
*

Directions

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED: A no-stick frying pan for the diced vegetables; tweezers or pliers to remove bones; a lightly buttered baking dish that will just hold the fish comfortably (or an ovenproof baking and serving platter, or, lacking either, cut the fish in half crosswise, and reassemble it after cooking- the vegetables will mask the surgery); buttered wax paper to cover fish.

THE AROMATIC VEGETABLES: Cook the diced vegetables slowly in the butter until quite tender but not browned- about 10 minutes.

Season lightly with salt, pepper, and a big pinch of dried tarragon.

PREPARING THE FISH: Go over the salmon carefully with your fingers to detect any little bones; pull them out with tweezers or pliers.

Score the skin side of the fish. Dust with salt and pepper, and place best side up in the baking dish.

ASSEMBLING: Spread the cooked diced vegetables over the fish, and pour ½ inch of vermouth around it.

Cover the fish with the wax paper, buttered side down.

*Ahead-of-time note: May be assembled an hour or more ahead to this point; cover and refrigerate.

BAKING: 12 to 15 minutes at 350F: Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃). Set the fish in the lower middle level, and, when beginning to bubble lightly, baste the surface with the liquid in the dish, basting several times again until the flesh feels lightly springy to the touch.

Remove from the oven, and, holding the fish in place with a pot cover, drain the cooking juices into a saucepan. Slide the fish onto a hot platter; cover and keep warm while making the sauce.

VARIATIONS: AU NATURAL: Braised Salmon Served in Its Own Juices: Rapidly boil down the cooking juices in the saucepan until almost syrupy. Pour them over the fish and vegetables, and serve.

AROMATIC WHITE BUTTER SAUCE: The usual and lovely butter sauce of modern cookery can be as rich and buttery as you wish-from 3 or 4 tablespoons to half a pound. Using the preceding boiled-down juices as a base, proceed to beat in the butter.

WINEY CREAM SAUCE: A reasonable and equally delectable compromise is a light veloute sauce made with the cooking juices, then boiled down with cream, as follows. Cook together 2½ Tbs butter and 3 Tbs flour 2 minutes without coloring; off heat whisk in the hot braising juices and 1 cup heavy cream. Boil slowly until reduced to 2½ cups; season carefully.

Either serve the fish cloaked in its vegetables and accompany with the sauce, or fold the vegetables into the sauce and spoon over the fish.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 310g (10.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 49056% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 47%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars g
Protein 92g
Vitamin A 68% Vitamin C 22%
Calcium 5% Iron 6%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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