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Menu Plan for Winter II: Week 7, Day 1

Salmon en Croute
Cauliflower Gratin

Cooking time:  40 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

         The puff pastry is a bit easier to work with than phyllo, and makes a more traditional 'En Croute'. The puff pastry is the 'carb' for this meal.

Salmon en Croute with Tarragon Cream Sauce

Total time: 35 minutes
    Cooking a whole salmon in puff pastry is a classic party dish.  This is a scaled down version for individual servings.  For a dinner party they can be assembled ahead and baked at the last minute.  The salmon stays moist and perfectly flaky.  I've given the dimensions used in the photos.  If your salmon is a different shape, you need enough pastry to cover it. Trim any excess. 

Salmon en Croute with Tarragon Cream Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cauliflower Gratin

Total time: 35 minutes
    Sliced cauliflower, sprinkled with shallots and topped with cheese: a simple gratin.

Cauliflower Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
baking sheet, small saucepan, lid, baking dish, foil
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Slice cauliflower
Chop shallots
Shred cheese
Assemble Cauliflower Gratin, pour stock over
Cover with foil, bake
Roll, trim puff pastry if needed
Skin, trim salmon if needed
Sprinkle dill on pastry

Lay salmon on dill, spread mustard on salmon
Roll or close pastry, seal
Place salmon packets on baking sheet, bake
Finely chop shallot , sauté
Add tarragon, wine, stock to shallot, simmer
Mix cornstarch, stock
Stir cornstarch mixture into shallot/wine sauce
Add yogurt, cover, remove from heat
Uncover cauliflower
     Pause while it all finishes
Remove salmon, cauliflower
Stir sauce
Arrange salmon on plates, serve