April 22, 2006

Salmon with Creamed Leeks

Ever since I made Martha Stewart’s Chicken and Leeks with Crème Fraiche dish, I have been craving more dishes with leeks. So I came up with this salmon dish to satisfy my leeks craving, and I must say it certainly did the trick! The idea is similar to Martha’s, but the flavors are a bit lighter. I must point out that this is definitely one of my favorite dishes that I have made!

So here is how I made it (per 1 serving):
  • 1 Leek
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/3 lb Salmon filet
  • 1 Lemon slice
  • 1 Shallot, chopped
  • 1/3 cup White wine
  • ¼ cup Crème fraiche
  • ¼ tsp Lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Trim the dark green part off of the leeks leaving only the white and light green leaves. Also trim off the other end’s roots. Cut the leek in half length-wise. Then cut width-wise into centimeter-wide pieces. Place these pieces into a colander or strainer and rinse under water to rid all dirt. Shake excess water off of leeks.
  3. Place leeks into an oven proof omelet pan (8” or larger) and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil.
  4. Place pan in oven and roast leeks for about 20 minutes. This may take longer for more than one serving. The leeks are ready once they begin to brown.
  5. As leeks are roasting, place salmon on a tin foil sheet that is large enough to wrap the fish. Rub remaining olive oil onto fish and surrounding tin foil that will touch the fish once wrapped (including underneath the fish). Place the lemon slice on top of the filet and finish it with some salt and pepper. Now loosely wrap the salmon with the tin foil like a package. Place the wrapped salmon in the middle of a baking sheet.
  6. Place salmon in oven and let cook for about 12 minutes. Generally, it should bake 35-40 minutes per pound of fish. When the fish is cooked, carefully un-wrap the tin foil and discard the lemon slice.
  7. The leeks will likely finish roasting around when the fish is finished baking. Once the leeks begin browning, remove them from the oven and place the pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the chopped shallot and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add the wine to the leeks and let reduce to half. Then mix in the crème fraiche and lemon zest. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Place the salmon filet on serving dish and top off with the leeks.

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Anonymous O'Hara Tudor said...

This looks so yummy!!! I am taking the picture of you from this site for our wedding site...

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Ivonne said...

Aren't leeks wonderful! I have a friend who roasts them in the oven and then just before they're done she adds a bit of gruyere cheese.

I love your combination of leeks and salmon. Must try!

12:47 AM  
Anonymous gemms said...

Kristin - this was delicious. We made it last night for dinner and loved it. I probably added a little TOO much creme fraiche (just to finish off my supply) but since when has that ever hurt anyone? It was so EASY to make too. This will definitely be a keeper
Thanks so much

7:15 AM  

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