Thursday, January 22, 2009

Salmon in Lemon Brodetto with Pea Puree

Cook Time: 15 min
Level: Intermediate
Yield: 4 servings


Lemon Brodetto:

* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 shallot, diced
* 2 lemons, juiced
* 1 lemon, zested
* 2 cups chicken broth
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

Pea Puree:

* 2 cups frozen peas, thawed (about 10 ounces)
* 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
* 1 clove garlic
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 4 (4 to 6-ounce) pieces salmon
* Kosher salt
* Freshly ground black pepper


To make the Lemon Brodetto, warm the olive oil in a medium saucepan
over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until tender, about 7
minutes. Add the lemon juice, zest, and broth. Bring to a simmer, and
keep warm, covered, over low heat.


To make the Pea Puree, combine the peas, mint, garlic, salt, and
pepper in a food processor and puree. With the machine running, add
the olive oil in a steady drizzle. Transfer the pea puree to a small
bowl and stir in the Parmesan. Set aside.

To make the Salmon, warm the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over
high heat. Season the salmon pieces with salt and pepper. Sear the
salmon until a golden crust forms, about 4 to 5 minutes on the first
side. Flip the fish and continue cooking until medium-rare, about 2
minutes more depending on the thickness of the fish.

To assemble the dish, add the tablespoon chopped mint to the Lemon
Brodetto and divide between 4 shallow dishes. Place a large spoonful
of Pea Puree into the center of each bowl. Place a salmon piece atop
each mound of Pea Puree. Serve immediately.


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