Guest blog by: Midge
Ever have a good idea for a meal… that ended up rolling into a dinner party for ten?
My last Year of the Carnivore Series meat selection is: Salmon! I decided to be INCREDIBLY frugal and bought some $2 small filets at our mart of many discounts. Going the easy route, the salmon filets sounded like they would be easy breakfast fixings for just my husband and I. Then, I started to doubt myself… wait, am I really trying salmon if I just use these bargain filets?
So, last week as I was at the market and I spotted a large salmon fillet on special. Now, that fish is what a “Midge Challenge Meal” is all about! Large and in charge, this salmon looked like it could feed an army (or at least four more people – ha ha)! So, I decided to invite a few people over to dinner. Soon, the number rose to ten with a few children to boot!
My next point of conflict… what if the children do not like the way I prepare the fillets? So, I bought a few salmon burgers to even out our salmon choices. But, when it came down to THE DAY of the big meal I realized what all of my piece meal salmon buying had come down to. I now had three different packages of salmon to cook for a dinner party of ten with side dishes and new recipes to conquer. I suppose I have come a long, long way from the Midge of a couple of years ago because surprisingly, I looked forward to the challenge.
I created three separate salmon meals:
A salsa based salmon bake prepared in tin foil in the oven ~ SALMON BAKED IN FOIL
Salmon fillets grilled on our BBQ with limited seasonings ~ VIDEO OF GRILLING SALMON
And I also bought a pre-made Salmon Burger frozen product and cooked it on our indoor George Foreman grill.
**In case you were wondering, we served it with freshly baked cornbread, fresh raspberries, grapes and apple cider.**
My husband and I favored the salsa baked salmon. It was flavorful and moist although I would definitely choose to use my own salsa choice next time as the lemon flavor the recipe required was too much and threw off the taste of the salsa and salmon. Our other party guests enjoyed the grilled salmon fillets but they were a bit on the dry side. This was probably due to the fact that the sun had set by the time the salmon was finishing on the grill. I cooked by flashlight and had a hard time identifying whether the meat was “truly” done. Three out of four kids ate their whole salmon burger… so I can only guess that it was a success!!
On a side note, I did panic a “wee little” bit (okay, a lot) before attempting to create the salmon. But, I put out a call on my Facebook page saying, “help, there is a salmon in my freezer and I don’t know what to do!” or something like that . I had many helpful hints from my friends and felt a lot more confident embarking on this salmon cooking endeavor than before I posted my cry for help!!! Two of my favorite were ideas from Christina Mann and Rachel Crites; writers at the HIDING THE PEAS BLOG. Christina shared her favorite recipe with me for a sweet bourbon salmon…. Wow, that sounded good (wish I could share it here!!)!
And Rachel, shared a few helpful hints plus the following recipe: Wrap your salmon in tin foil and add butter, lemon juice and dill weed. Bake it at 350 for 15-20 minutes until it is white and it flakes apart. She stated that this was the main way they enjoyed salmon.
And really folks, salmon is just that easy. Although for me and my taste buds, we will just stick to MAHI MAHI and TILAPIA Salmon is a bit too fresh “off the hook” fishy tasting for me!
How do you cook your salmon? Every have a small dinner turn into a dinner party for ten… or is that just me?