Sunday, October 28, 2012

Roasted Salmon, Grape Tomatoes and Leeks with Sparkling Wine Sauce

 My only, only critique for this dish is longest title ever. It pretty much lists every ingredient in the recipe... I do understand, however, that each of the title ingredients plays a key role in the unique flavor. Why don't we just call it Gourmet Roasted Salmon? I think that fits.

1 pint grape tomatoes
2 leeks, white parts only, cut into 1/4" rounds
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tsp. dried thyme
Salt and ground pepper
4 (6 oz) salmon fillets, skin removed
1/2 cup Prosecco sparkling white wine
1 tbsp mined shallot
1/2 cup fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a baking pan with shallow sides, combine the tomatoes and leeks. Add 1 tbsp of the oil, the thyme, 1/2 tsp salt and some black pepper.  Toss with your hands to coat the vegetables.  Roast until the tomatoes are wrinkled and the leeks soft but not mushy, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and set aside.  Increase the oven temperature to 425.

3. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat.  Arrange the salmon in the pan, skinned side up, and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.  Using a wide spatula, turn the salmon.  Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until the salmon is just translucent in the center where it is thickest, 4 to 5 minutes.  Carefully remove the pan from the oven as it is very hot.  Place it on the back of the stove.

4.  In a small, nonreactive saucepan, combine the wine and shallot and set over medium-high heat.  Boil until the wine is reduced to 2 tbsp, about 4 minutes.  Pour in the broth and boil until there is 1/4 cup liquid.  Off the heat while whisking vigorously, drop in the cold butter a few pieces at a time, blending them in before adding more.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Place a salmon fillet in the center of each of 4 dinner plates.  Spoon roasted tomatoes and leeks on either side and spoon the sauce over the fish.  Serve immediately.

The cookbook instructs that the left over Prosecco be used to toast the chef - cheers!