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One of my favorite, recent creations is a light, alternative to fried fish that is easy but still packs a ton of flavor. Panko Crusted Salmon is a great go-to meal during the week that literally takes maybe 20 minutes to prepare and broil. In this recipe, I used Norwegian Salmon, mostly because it always looks so great at the seafood counter but also because the flavor is amazing. Most fish would work with this recipe but it is perfectly matched with Salmon.

Panko is the Japanese term for bread crumbs and in my opinion creates a much crunchier, crispier crust on anything. If you are looking for a better alternative to bread crumbs, panko is by far the way to go. They are light and flaky and can be used for toppings on casseroles or even filler to crab cakes (it can really replace anything requiring bread crumbs). I love panko crusted seafood but have also used these delicious, airy crumbs to crust chicken and pork chops. Panko can absorb seasoning well (as they are rather bland alone) and don’t make foods heavy like bread crumbs usually do. Panko is perfect when you want a crunch without frying and can be found at most grocery stores and all Asian specialty stores.

Panko Crusted Salmon
Serves 4
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

4 Salmon Fillets (6 oz each)
Nonstick Cooking Spray
1 Tbs Rosemary chopped finely
1 Tbs Parsley chopped finely
Dijon Mustard
3/4 cup panko crumbs
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges

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As a Foodnetwork addict I am constantly experimenting with great recipes from from my favorite shows.  On Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello on an episode entitled “Pot luck challenge”, Jan Birnbaum, chef and restaurateur, caught my eye with an upscale, hearty mac n’ cheese.

The original recipe called for shrimp, which I was all about, but after visiting the seafood counter at Whole Foods, husband and I couldn’t resist the lobster meat (shrimp vs. lobster? no contest). So we splurged justifying that this would be our Superbowl Sunday feast.

Here is my adaptation of Jan’s recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 box medium shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup tasso ham or bacon (I used bacon)
  • 5 large shallots, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, mined
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white wine (see review below)
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1 cup grated fontina
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar (I prefer mild but sharp would be great too)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 6-8 oz lobster meat cut up in good bite size chunks (we bought the precooked tub at the seafood counter)
  • 2 cups gently packed spinach
  • Kosher salt and ground white pepper
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste (recommended: Tabasco)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs ( I used panko, my new favorite thing)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley leave

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Pink SalmonLast night my family and I enjoyed a lovely dinner of pink and freshly picked bush beans, provided by our kind and generous neighbors. One of our neighbors gave us the salmon and another neighbor generously offered to let us pick beans in their bountiful garden. So keeping up with our Eat Local Challenge was as simple as right next door. The salmon was caught in the San Juan Islands, in Washington.  We fully enjoyed this flaky delicacy. Even the kids who are 4 and under (whom sometimes are not quite as appreciative of good food), loved it and asked for seconds. So without further ado, the recipe which I altered a bit from All Recipes:

Garlic and Lemon Thyme Salmon

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 (1.5 pound) salmon fillets
  • 1 head garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Several sprigs of fresh lemon thyme, pick off leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a food processor, process garlic to a rough mince, add thyme and olive oil and pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Lay fish fillets in a baking dish, skin side down. Do not oil the pan unless you want the skin to come up easily. I prefer for the skin to stick to the pan for easy removal. Rub garlic mixture over fish. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Remove cover. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Do not overcook. I had 3 fillets and it took about 8-10 minutes longer to get it cooked through.

Serve immediately, enjoy!


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