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Romantic salmon dinner for two?

blkery Mar 14, 2011 11:35 AM

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. LiveRock Mar 14, 2011 11:59 AM

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


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    1. re: LiveRock
      Gail Mar 14, 2011 01:33 PM

      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. ChefJune Mar 14, 2011 12:19 PM

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


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        AdamD Mar 14, 2011 12:26 PM

        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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          KatoK Mar 14, 2011 01:31 PM

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

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          rjbh20 Mar 14, 2011 01:14 PM

          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.

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            CookieLee Mar 14, 2011 01:23 PM


            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. goodhealthgourmet Mar 14, 2011 01:31 PM

              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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                LiveRock Mar 15, 2011 03:52 AM

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

              2. opinionatedchef Nov 23, 2011 12:52 AM

                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.)

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                  AsperGirl Nov 23, 2011 02:15 AM

                  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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                    opinionatedchef Nov 23, 2011 01:01 PM

                    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!!

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