Salmon Bruschetta

This was a recipe I’ve been thinking about for a while, then I decided to try it out with my best buddy Ian. You will be amazed at how tender and juicy the salmon will be. Don’t cut corners on the garlic, this is what it’s all about.

4 portions salmon fillet about 3oz each
4 cloves garlic minced
2-3 large tomatoes diced
Olive oil
2 sprigs fresh basil chopped
Pinch dried oregano
One lemon
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
One bunch asparagus

Heat oven on high broil and make sure rack is about six inches from the broil element. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides. In a bowl add three quarters of the garlic with the tomatoes, some basil, oregano, salt, pepper and about a 1/4 cup of olive oil and mix altogether bruschetta. Cut the tough stem end off the asparagus and add two tbsp olive oil and remaining garlic. Preheat an oven safe casserole pan large enough to hold the salmon and asparagus together in the oven for about 5 minutes. Spoon bruschetta mix on top of each piece of salmon and carefully put the fish in the heated casserole pan skin side down,
add in the asparagus and cook in broil for about 8 minutes. If salmon is a thick cut may need a few more minutes cooking time. When salmon is ready plate each fillet with asparagus side and squeezes of lemon on fish and asparagus.

Serve with crusty bread or pita and drink with Pinot Noir or any dry white wine will work well.

Enjoy and please comment.

Thank you

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Risotto with sardines

This is just a very basic risotto recipe and then just add a can or two of sardines depending on serving size and who may prefer the canned fish. Alternatively you could use canned tuna or salmon. You could use sardines packed in oil, but I like the ones in water then I can use my own Greek extra Virgin olive oil. There’s so many options as you could use sardines in sauce with the chilli pepper for a spicy kick.

Ingredients:

2 cups Arborio rice
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil plus more for finishing
1 tsp sea salt
1 celery stock very finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 shallot minced
6 cups of low salt veggie stock or chicken stock
1 tbsp dried basil
1-2 cans of sardines packed in water drained and chopped
1 lemon cut is wedges
Parmisano cheese optional if not using lemon

In a medium size pot heat the 6 cups of veggie or chicken stock/broth until hot and keep it warm, on the other burner heat the olive oil and one tablespoon of butter over medium heat add the celery and shallots and garlic stir with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes, add the rice and toast for a few minutes constantly stirring, now add salt, basil and 1/2 cup of hot broth, continue to stir, as soon as you see liquid evaporating in rice add 1/2 cup of broth at a time until rice is al-dente and creamy about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat stir in remaining tbsp butter and cheese if using, taste rice and adjust seasoning if needed. Cover pot of risotto and let sit for 5 minutes while getting table ready with the sardines, olive oil, more cheese, bread etc. plate risotto and allow people to help themselves to sardines, olive oil, lemon or cheese.

Serves 6 or 4 with leftovers

Depending on the rice you have broth leftover as after rice has cooked not all of the soup stock was needed.

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Grilled Sardines

Fresh Sardines are hard to find, but frozen ones are available at fish markets and some grocery stores.

Ingredients:

One package frozen whole sardines, there’s usually 12 in the pack, each are about 6″ long or fresh ones if available.

For sauce:
Juice from one large lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4-5 garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch dried chilli flakes

If using frozen fish allow to thaw.
Take the sardines and rinse in cold water, if you would like to keep the heads on that’s fine, I like to cut the heads off at the gills and discard the head.
With a sharp knife score the body of each fish 3-4 times about 1″ inch apart for each score. Place fish on one layer on a tray.
Prepare the sauce by combining all the other ingredients and mix well.
Pour half of the sauce all over the sardines and mix sardines well to coat with hands. allow sardines to marinade to 30 minutes.

Prepare BBQ for grilling by preheating for 5-10 minutes on medium to high heat. Brush grates with oil.
Slowly place each fish on grill and careful not to let flame catch on fish. Grill fish by turning once 3-4 minutes per side. Fish is ready when meat easily flakes off with touch of a fork. Once ready place fish in serving platter and drizzle remaining sauce on the sardines.

Serving combinations include:
Crusty Bread
Cheese
Olives
Beans
Red wine such as Pinot Noir

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Watercress and sardine salad

150 gr. arugula
100 gr. watercress
250 gr. mixed greens
Hand full large Kalamata olives
One tin sardines in water
Greek Olive oil to taste
Red wine vinegar to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch dried oregano preferably Greek
Loaf crusty bread, sliced

Drain water from sardines and place all ingredients in a bowl, top with sardines, drizzle with olive oil and the vinegar and serve with crusty bread.

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