Weekly Winner: Silly Name, Sensational Salmon

IMG_0759Sometimes the name of a dish will draw me in.  It paints a picture of what the final dish will look like.  And if said name includes certain key words, such as “creamy, bacon, cheesy, or pork”, chances are I’m gonna read the recipe.  Then comes something called Bruschetta Salmon and I was stumped.  Was this toast with salmon on it?  Were they substituting the salmon for the bread in some paleo-gone-wild attempt at an appetizer?  How would that work?  Then I actually read the recipe and understood.  It’s basically salmon with all the flavors of a typical bruschetta used as a topping.  What a great idea!  And I might add, what a tasty, quick dinner!

A word of warning for the faint of heart:  this fish dish has cheese in it!  I know, I know…. blasphemy, right?  Wrong! It’s good. Get over it.  I’ve never quite understood the rule about no cheese with fish or seafood.  I’m sorry, a tuna melt?  Hello?  Enough said.  This tasty little rule-breaker of a recipe comes from Delish.com.  It’s quick, it’s cheerful, it’s dang yummy and I will definitely be making it again soon.  Silly name and all!

Bruschetta Salmon

Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 (6-oz) salmon fillets

1 tsp dried oregano

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 shallots, minced

3 cups halved cherry tomatoes

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/4 cup thinly sliced basil

Freshly grated Parmesan

Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Procedure:

  1. Season salmon all over with oregano, salt and pepper
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil.  When oil is shimmering but not smoking, add salmon skin-side up and cook until deeply golden, about 6 minutes. Flip and cook 6 minutes, until salmon is opaque and flakes easily.  Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet, then stir in garlic and shallots.  Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until tomatoes just begin to burst. Remove from heat and squeeze over lemon juice
  4. Serve salmon with tomato mixture spooned on top.  Garnish each serving with basil and parmesan, then drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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