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Romantic salmon dinner for two?

My girlfriend's birthday is coming up - I'd like to make her a nice spring-themed salmon dinner. Any recommended preparations? No cream (lactose) please.

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  1. This one went over very well and looks much harder to prepare than it really is.


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    1. re: LiveRock

      LiveRock, thanks for posting that salmon recipe. I've got to try it! I like fish simply done, no sauces drowning out the flavor. That recipe has simple flavor enhancements, in my opinion.

      To blkery, serve your salmon with a still French rose. You'll find some good suggestions on the wine board on this site.

    2. This Falafel-Crusted Salmon on a Bed of Spinach (Swiss Chard is even better) has never failed to get rave reviews.


      1. Salmon in parchment is always a nice light presentation for fish with vegetables. But perhaps not the way to go if you want bigger flavors than lemon, olive oil and herbs.

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        1. re: AdamD

          +1 on Salmon in parchment, or perhaps get some puff pastry sheets and serve "en croute".

        2. Wrap your (portioned) salmon in prosciutto or back bacon, sear until medium rare and serve over a bed of blanched julienned leek tops. If you're so inclined, add a dash of balsamic reduction on top. Use the white parts of the leeks to make leek & potato hash browns.

          Or, fresh fava bean ravioli followed by smoke roasted salmon with sorrel sauce and asparagus custards.

          1. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            Recipe of Salmon and leek pie. I don't know if yr gf can have yogurt? In the reviews, a person wrote in with an alternative to the sour cream chile sauce made with yogurt.

            1. well, a can of Spam can be romantic with the right company and atmosphere ;) but if you really want to woo her, show her that you've been paying attention and taken note of the little things that make her unique...are there particular flavors/spices/ingredients/cuisines she loves? a dish she *always* orders at a certain restaurant? then we can help you create a meal that showcases some of the things that appeal most to her.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                ...looking for the "Like" button. Nicely put GHG!

              2. one thing i would strongly suggest is an entree that does not require last minute prep/sauces etc.

                you need something that you can just remove from a pan and serve, along w/ the already plated side starch and veggie.

                this was a very popular dish in my longtime catering co.:


                1 T Peeled Minced Ginger

                1 tsp Minced Garlic

                1 C Dijon Mustard , Grey Poupon is Best

                2 T Lemon Juice

                1 T&1tsp Raspberry vinegar

                1T& 1tsp Soy sauce

                5 Scallions finely chopped

                2 lb. Salmon filets, skin on

                Combine all ingredients in bowl and whisk until combined. Marinate fish in frig. a few hours before serving.

                Wipe marinade off skin side of filets and a little off the top sides, and place filets skin side down on pam'd foil-lined pan. Roast at 400 degrees or Broil -til flaky and rare in center (approx. 5-8 min. depending on thickness of filet.)

                1. I would go for a beautiful-pretty looking presentation if you want to be romantic forna woman. All those bacon-wrapped, miso-glazed, parchment-wrapped salmons en croute may taste great but they dn't look "pretty" compared a beautiful pink fillet with some fresh grated lemon zest scattered on top. I would keep the salmon simple, light and pretty, for romancing a woman.

                  For a spring theme, how about this Salmon in Lemon Brodetto on Pea Purée (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...), and then serve something with great texture, like saffron risotto cakes, on the side?

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                  1. re: AsperGirl

                    Agirl, THAT is a tremendous recipe you linked. It just absolutely and immediately grabbed me.And it just sings Spring! and saffron risotto cakes are perfect; i'll add a tomato concasse for them.Thank you SO much!!