SALMON WELLINGTON SERVED WITH LEMON DILL BEURRE BLANC
½ cup (125 ml) shallots
2 tbsp (30 ml) oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ cup (125 ml) dry white wine
1 x 1 lb (500 g) bag spinach
2 tbsp (30 ml) flour, plus extra for dusting
½ cup (125 ml) chicken stock
½ cup (125 ml) whipping cream
1 pinch red pepper chili flakes
1 pinch ground nutmeg
2 tbsp (30 ml) vinegar
1½ lb (750 g) puff pastry, divided (about 3 pre-rolled sheets)
2 tbsp (30 ml) prepared mustard
1 large salmon fillet, approximately 2 lbs (1 kg), deboned and skin removed
salt and pepper, to taste
¾ tsp (4 ml) paprika
1 egg wash (1 egg beaten with 2 tbsp (30 ml) water)
Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc, to serve, recipe follows
LEMON DILL BEURRE BLANC:
¾ cup (175 ml) shallots, finely chopped
1½ cups (375 ml) dry white wine
½ cup (125 ml) white wine vinegar
2 cups (500 ml) butter, cut into 1½ x ½-in (3.75 x 1.25 cm) squares
2 tbsp (30 ml) whipping cream
¼ cup (60 ml) lemon juice
½ cup (125 ml) chopped dill
- To make creamed spinach, in a large skillet, sauté shallots in oil until lightly golden in colour. Add garlic and continue cooking until fragrant. Deglaze with wine until all liquid evaporates. Add spinach. Once wilted, sprinkle with flour and add chicken stock. Cook for about 3 minutes stirring constantly. Add cream, chili flakes and nutmeg. Cook until thickened. Add vinegar, stir and remove from heat. Set aside until ready to use.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425 F (220 C).
- On lightly floured clean surface, roll out 2 sheets puff pastry to about a 16 x 9-in (40 x 23 cm) rectangle, placed horizontally. Lightly brush prepared mustard over middle of pastry.
- Trim salmon to approximately 12 x 4½-in (30 x 11.25 cm) rectangle. Place salmon trimmings over thinner parts of fillet. Place prepared salmon in centre of pastry. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle paprika over. Spoon creamed spinach evenly over salmon.
- Brush all edges of pastry with some egg wash. Fold parallel edges over salmon and press to seal edges. Place Salmon Wellington on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sealed side down. Evenly brush surface lightly with egg wash. Using a fork, prick holes on surface of pastry.
- To decorate, use remaining puff pastry to cut shapes or use lattice cutter to create lattice that can be draped over Wellington. Tuck excess pastry under and brush with egg wash. Can be frozen at this point, for up to 1 week. Defrost in refrigerator before baking.
- Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown in colour. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc.
- TO MAKE LEMON DILL BEURRE BLANC: In medium saucepan over medium heat, add shallots, wine and white wine vinegar, boil until liquid is reduced to about ⅓ cup (75 ml). Shallots should look translucent and shiny. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 cube of butter and cream until butter has melted.
- Return to heat and stirring constantly, gradually add remaining butter, 1 cube at a time until fully incorporated. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and dill. Stir and serve immediately. Can be made up to 1 hour in advance if kept constantly warm (transfer to heatproof bowl and place in lightly simmering water). Makes about 3 cups (750 ml)