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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Thyme Infused Salmon with Sauteed New Potatoes and Tomato Basil Coulis

Thyme Infused Salmon with Sauteed New Potatoes and Tomato Basil Coulis recipe

Ingredients : 
1 or 2 portion fillet of Salmon
1 sprig of Thyme herb
1 bunch of Basil herb, chopped
1 can of Tomato sauce
2 clove garlic chopped finely.
Salt and Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 or 3 no. of Baby New Potatoes/Brastagi ( boiled and sliced)
1 tablespoon of butter


1) Salmon fillet, make sure it's dry and not watery. If so, pat down with kitchen towel. Score the skin side of Salmon, 1/2 an inch through the Salmon and across the skin. This prevents the Salmon from curling up when cooking. Take the Thyme leaves minus stalks, and slit it thru the scored side of the skin. Then season generously, with salt and pepper on both sides.

2) Potatoes, peel off skin and part boil them for 20-30 minutes. Once cooked, place them in cold water to stop the process of cooking. Set aside to cool down. Now for tomato coulis. Pan on medium heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, garlic in. Don't burn the garlic it will destroy the taste of the sauce. Add in tomato sauce immediately after the garlic and add in chopped Basil leaves. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and sauce is done. Set aside.

3) Slice the potatoes into 3 portions, each removing the top and bottom part. You will get a round shape.. Place them on plate and season the top with salt and pepper. Heat pan, 2 tablespoon olive oil in. Seasoned side first into pan and sauteed for 2 minutes each side. remember to season the other side with salt and pepper too. Once both sides get that golden color, a knob of butter into pan and a sprig of thyme. Baised/scoop the butter over the potatoes. That gives the potatoes flavor of the thyme infused butter and the gloss onto potatoes. Once done, remove potatoes and drain on kitchen towel to drain the butter. Set aside.

4) Now heat pan and 2 tablespoon olive oil into pan. Once hot, place skin side of salmon into pan and sear it for 2-3 minutes and then flip over to the other side and continue searing for 3 minutes. Simple, 3 minutes each sides. Baised the skin side of salmon with the oil getting it to crisp. Once cooked, flip to the skin side of salmon and remove from heat and let it rest for 1-2 minutes in pan. This will get the skin becoming more crisp. Set plate, a tablespoon of sauce onto middle of plate, stack potatoes on top and finally Salmon on the potatoes. finish off with sauce on the sides and garnish with thyme and basil leaves. drizzle olive oil and ready to serve.

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