Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Simple, elegant and fast-- Fresh poached salmon with Dijon Cream Sauce

NOTE: I apologize for the lackluster photo of this dish. I took this before I got a new and improved camera, before I learned that flash photography isn't ideal-- well, let's just say that my photography has come a very long way. Don't let the photo deter you-- the sauce is simple to make, and really delicious!

I am so blessed to live on the Monterey Peninsula of California. I have lived here since 1963, within a 30 minute drive radius of Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and the Salinas Valley. My commute to work, each morning, is a scenic drive past Driscoll strawberry fields, Fresh Express lettuce fields, cattle ranches and then along the coast of Highway 1-- with a panoramic view of Monterey Bay, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and then Carmel Hill. Seriously, not a morning goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars for where I live.

Monterey has a beautiful Fisherman's Wharf, so fresh fish is easy for me to buy. That's exactly what I did on Tuesday night. While I try to cook on a budget, I splurged on some gorgeous fresh salmon filets for $13.99 a pound.

Aren't these gorgeous? They were really fresh!

I was inspired to buy the salmon by one of my most frequented food blogs, "Phoo-D'". Her recipe (and lovely photos, I might add) for poached salmon with Dijon Cream Sauce hit the taste buds in my imagination. I make a delicious seared and roasted salmon, but I smacked myself in the middle of my forehead. Poached salmon! Why didn't I think of that?!!

Other than buying fresh salmon, I had all of the ingredients that I needed, for this recipe. I keep a bottle of sauvignon blanc in my fridge because I enjoy cooking with wine, and I'm a huge fan of pan sauces.

As elegant as this dish looks, it was so simple to make. Believe it or not, I actually made an additional dinner recipe for the next night's meal! I will post that dinner, tomorrow.

I have beautiful chives that are coming back to life in my herb garden and fresh lemon thyme-- this was set into my pan with the white wine. I simply laid the salon filets and the lemon slices on top:
Covered and poached for 8 minutes, they were perfect!

Just like the recipe said (and I did not tweak a thing), I removed the salmon, added heavy cream and reduced it a bit-- then the Dijon....

I was thrilled to find freshly picked asparagus, locally grown for $2.49 a pound. At the last second, I decided to forgo the lemon risotto I planned to make, because I was tired and it was a weeknight. Instead, I went with my fool-proof crash potatoes.

I cracked open a bottle of Beringer Reserve Chardonnay 2006 that complimented the dinner perfectly. My husband, son and I felt as though we had dined at a fine restaurant-- and I didn't have to do the dishes. How wonderful was that?!

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Culinarywannabe said...

Really lovely dinner! I have a hard time cooking salmon when it's on the stove top, because I never know when it's cooked exactly right. I wonder if I would have an easier time poaching. Looks delicious!

Donna-FFW said...

What an elegant dinner you had!It looks so beautiful, like out of a magazine. Hope you're feeling better.

Cheryl said...

That looks so delish! I am not a fan of salmon, but I would eat that in a minute!

Me said...

this looks delicious! i'm a huge fan of cooking salmon because it's so easy and healthy. i am going to try this recipe next! i just stumbled upon your blog, and i am so glad!