12/14/09

Daring Cooks: Salmon en croute

The 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon en Croute (or alternative recipes for Beef Wellington or Vegetable en Croute) from Good Food Online.

I was very excited about this challenge because 1) Simone is my on-line food blogger friend and has even guest blogged for me! 2) I really like salmon 3) this recipe looked fancy but very approachable.

If you want a full recipe, let me know. I sort of winged it :)

Basically I made a mixture from cream cheese, spinach, watercress and garlic. I then put a piece of salmon on top of rolled out puff pastry dough (from a previous Daring Bakers challenge).



I then closed the dough around the piece of fish and made a few decorative details using a cannoli tube.



Finally, I made a few slits in the dough to let the air out and glazed the whole thing with an egg wash. The salmon baked for 30 min at 390.




Overall, I was happy with how this challenge came out. If I make this another time, I'd definitely add more seasoning to both the salmon and the filling. The dough was also just slightly undercooked, so maybe cooking it an extra few minutes would have helped.

28 comments:

Junglefrog said...

Glad that you liked the challenge Olga and you really did a perfect job! I love how that pastry looks. Much better then my pitiful attempt at making it... haha... I made another salmon en croute this week with puff pastry but it got all soggy. Not sure where it went wrong, although I do blame my oven for part of it as the thing is in desperate need of replacement!! But yours looks fabulous!

Winnie said...

I like your step by step photos and the finished salmon looks delicious! Wonderful job!

Wic said...

I adore this colorful pictures and it looks delicious.

moderndomestic said...

Mmmmm. That looks delicious. I love using pastry dough in savory dishes.

-Jenna

Elra said...

Beautiful and delicious salmon. What great challenge.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Fab! Salmon en croute is a very popular dish here in the UK. I love it. I have never made it though -- I always buy it frozen. The thing I wonder is, how do you know when its cooked inside? Thats always an issue for me LOL

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never made salmon en croute....it looks seriously delicious!

Lea Ann said...

BEAUTIFUL! I have a salmon and halibut en croute in Oregon at a fabulous brunch. I've been wanting to make it since this last summer.

chef_d said...

Wow it looks so good, your salmon en croute looks amazing :)

Rochelle said...

Lovely pastry, nice and flaky!

Paz said...

Oh my! Looks really delicious.

Paz

Zoey (Vegedible) said...

Lovely results! I did the vegetarian version, crossed with my own budget restrictions and it wasn't great, but it has inspired me to start wrapping more meals in pastry!

Esi said...

Nice job! I seem to have fallen off the Daring Cooks wagon (no time), but this is definitely something I want to try.

♥peachkins♥ said...

This looks awesome!

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

beautiful! I love the sound of the cream cheese mixture with the salmon. I was tempted to make that one, but I don't like salmon cooked past medium at all so I was nervous baking it.

Megan said...

It looks gorgeous! I can just imagine how tough it must be to get the timing right for the fish and the dough... I'm sure you'll figure it out the next time!

Simon said...

Nice work with this month's challenge! Looks like it turned out rather nicely, despite the little improvements you've raised :)

LittleRed said...

That looks wonderful....now I would like to try the Salmon too!

5 Star Foodie said...

I like your cream cheese mixture here, sounds delicious with salmon!

Mary said...

I sense you weren't thrilled with your results. You photos and suggestions for "next time" are wonderful. I think you did a great job with the challenge.

syrupandhoney said...

Look at it this way, if you cooked the pastry longer you may have overcooked the salmon...Looks great!

Chef Fresco said...

Oh man! It sure looks beautiful!

Sophie said...

You did an amazing job, Olga!!

Excellent!! I so love your lovely green topping on the fish!! Great flavours beautifully combined in here!

Karena said...

Such a pretty dish!!

Cindy said...

Yay! You found a use for your cannoli molds!

Lisa said...

Olga, wow!! Your salmon en croute is beautiful, and your photos totally showcase how much so. Perfect styling, detail and clarity. WTG!

Kevin said...

Your salmon en croute looks so good!

BlueToYou said...

this is an amazing-looking dish!! congrats!!