I'm a big fan of Beef Wellington, but one of our dinner guests doesn't eat red meat. I decided to make Salmon En Croute (or Salmon Wellington) using puff pastry. Mushroom Duxelle is a traditional filling for these beautiful puff pastry dish, so let me show you how easy it is to make:
My food processor did a fast job of chopping the mushrooms, by pulsing them a few times. Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until soft.
Now, let's make Salmon Wellington!
Spread ¼ cup mushroom duxelle evenly onto each sheet of puff pastry, leaving a ½" (1 cm) margin at the edges. Place a salmon fillet in the center of each prepared pastry, seasoning each with a sprinkle of salt.
Beurre Blanc Sauce to drizzle around each pastry, and I will blog that recipe later on.
The salmon was very moist! The kitchen was a little busy, and my guests were very hungry. So, the photos pretty much stop right here! I will say that I should have cut the filets about half the size-- more like 4 ounces. Most of us could only eat half-- but... the next day, I reheated the leftover Wellington's in the oven (not a microwave). My son took his home, and he did the same thing-- we all agreed that it was delicious!
I froze the remaining Duxelles (I had about 1/2 cup left) and the Beurre Blanc Sauce. Stay tuned-- because I reinvented some tasty treats with these. This dinner was one of the easiest "fancy" meals I've made. Seriously, making puff pastry from scratch is a lot of work. Buying it is a shortcut I have no problem taking. I hope you try this, sometime. The Duxelles... I have to make more of this soon. It's delicious on crostini, phyllo dough or even as pinwheels with puff pastry. Yummy!
By the way-- I am just now feeling better after coming down with a wicked cold, on Super Bowl Sunday. I lost my sense of taste and smell-- which means that I haven't been doing much cooking. I'm finally able to taste again, so I need to get busy planning something special for Valentine's Day Dinner. It's too busy for us, so we'll go out to eat when the restaurants won't be so busy. I'm making something heart-shaped, and it's a first-time attempt for me. Hopefully, it will turn out well and I'll post it on Valentine's Day!
I'm off work until Tuesday...and I'm looking forward to some R&R!