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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Panko-Crusted Salmon with Baked Risotto

This past weekend my big brother was in town [yay!]. And family in town means time for a seriously family dinner. Feeling seasonal and springy I thought a fabulous salmon dish would do the trick. Something light and fresh, while still being simple and easy to whip up with family members swirling about the kitchen. I got some inspiration from the always-elegant Barefoot Contessa and adapted my own baked risotto recipe to complete the meal. We started with a fabulous cheese plate I put together, complete with little label-flags [going for the wow factor]. From there the wine flowed, we reminisced and giggled over infamous family stories and lovely-yummy night was had by all. 


add a little wow-factor to your next cheese plate! 
craft-store "flag" stickers + toothpicks make perfect little cheese labels.

this rhubarb preserve is outrageously good. [thanks Monika!]
this comes from the adorable [chain] bakery le pain quotidien.
it served as a wonderful sweet treat to top our different cheeses with. 


perfectly cooked, flaky, crunchy salmon. 


the makings of a delicious risotto. 

Panko-Crusted Salmon with Baked Risotto 
serves 4-6 
  • Risotto
    • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
    • 1/2 medium onion, chopped finely
    • 2 cups roasted asparagus, chopped [click for the best-easiest way to roast asparagus]
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 2/3 cup dry white wine
    • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice



  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees. using an oven safe, straight-sided saucepan or Dutch oven with lid, cook bacon over med-high heat. 
  2. when bacon is cooked through-remove bacon and let drain on a plated paper towel. reserve fat in pan, and add onion. cook until soft and see-through--about 3 minutes. 
  3. add rice and stir to coat well. stir in the wine and cook until it evaporates. [about 1 minute]
  4. add spices + salt and pepper to taste. stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. 
  5. cover + bake for 20-25 minutes. check the risotto-- most of the liquid should be absorbed. 
  6. remove from oven, add chopped bacon and asparagus and stir until combined well. 

  • Salmon [adapted from the Barefoot Contessa]
    • 1 cup panko [japanese] bread crumbs
    • 2 tbsp EVOO
    • 1-2 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
    • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped 
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2-3 tbsp of Dijon mustard 
    • 4-6 [6-8oz] salmon filets, skinned 
    • 1-2 tsp of fresh lemon juice
  1. heat oven to 375 degrees. grease an oven-safe casserole dish with olive oil cooking spray. place salmon filets in casserole dish, close together.
  2. meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the first 5 ingredients until the crumbs are evenly coated. set aside. 
  3. next, brush mustard evenly on each filet. top salmon with bread brumbs, making sure they're spread evenly across all of the filets. [the mustard sort of acts like the glue that holds the yummy crumbs atop the fish]
  4. place in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until sides of salmon begin to get white. 
  5. for the last 2-3 minutes, switch your oven to the broiler on low to get your bread crumbs perfectly golden. [be careful not to burn- broilers are fast + parsley likes to flame up!]
  6. remove salmon from oven, drizzle a couple of drops of lemon juice over top + serve it up! [remember to squeeze your lemon cut side up so you don't have to go fishing for lost seeds later]
This way of cooking salmon really was a hit! I've always grilled salmon, but this way is so easy, quick, and delivers the most tender salmon I've ever cooked. And the risotto. Oh the risotto. Talk about a crowd pleaser! And guess what? You don't have to break your arm or a sweat to make it! This risotto is simply springy comfort food. Smooth and creamy heaven with all the lovely flavors of bacon and lemony roasted asparagus. 

Hope your family enjoys this meal as much as mine did! 

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1 Comments:

At April 6, 2012 at 7:48 AM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

This looks like an amazing meal!! I have yet to make risotto.. but I bought some to make it at last. Baking it sounds like an great idea. :) Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter! ~ Ramona

 

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