Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cookbook Project - Ramsay's Salmon

Tonight I embarked on my first journey into our cookbook project. I went with a dish from Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food book. That being, Salmon with Mediterranean Flavours.

SOURCE: Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food - Page 180 - Salmon with Mediterranean Flavours

Ingredients [serves 4]

4 skinned salmon fillets, about 200g each

1/4 cup [50ml] sun-dried tomatoes in oil, halved if large Handful of basil leaves
1/4 cup [50ml] pitted black olives
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
Sea salt and black pepper
Olive oil, to drizzle

Heat the oven to 200C/400F. Place the salmon fillets on a board, skinned side down. use an apple corer to make 6 small holes in each fillet.
Flatten the sun-dried tomatoes and place on a basil leaf, an olive and a sliver of garlic on each one. Roll up and use to stuff the holes on the salmon. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the salmon fillets on a lightly oiled baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 6-8 minutes until medium rare - the thickest part will feel slightly springy when pressed. Transfer to warm plates and serve [he has a tomato salad that goes with it in the book that we did not do. We did a side salad from our garden]

Our thoughts:

The idea of the book is that each of the meals is an easy recipe that can be made quickly so that people eat fresh home cooked meals every night instead of ordering pizza, etc. It is true, this is an easy recipe to follow and the prep time is minimal. The cooking time he recommends (6 to 8 minutes for medium rare) may work well in a commercial oven, in a home oven with hot spots and varying thickness of Salmon, you'll need to check. We cooked ours for 11minutes and it was under medium rare so we put it in for an additional 4 minutes. It ended up medium but that's ok for us. You'll need to gauge according to your own oven and your preference for salmon.

With regards to the 'Mediterranean flavours', they taste very good. However, all the flavour is concentrated in the areas of the basil, etc. The salmon in the other areas did not really pick up the flavours. I think I would try this a bit different. I would try the same ingredients but as follows:

- Rough chop the olives, sun dried tomatoes and basil

- use roasted garlic or fine chopped garlic

- mix the above together and spread on top of the salmon

- then bake

I'm going to try it this way and see what happens.

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