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Christmas Baked Salmon

Blossom Lady
Dec 24, 2021 06:08 AM
Christmas Baked Salmon

Your Christmas main dish for this year has just landed!! Have you ever seen a Baked Salmon look so festive?? Featuring a honey butter-glazed side of salmon baked in foil, slathered with creamy dill sauce and finally topped with a Holiday “Tapenade”, this pays extremely high dividends for minimal effort. The flavour and textural combination is stellar! It’s mostly savoury with hints of sweet, and that creamy dill sauce is a natural pairing with salmon. Finally the Holiday Tapenade topping just sings of festivities!

Present the salmon whole on a platter, like pictured above, so everyone can admire how pretty it looks.

Then you can either cut it into portions – literally just use a knife to cut it – or let everyone help themselves. I find it easiest to use a cake server for actually lifting slices to serve easily, so you might like to also provide something like this if you’re allowing guests to serve themselves.

Ingredients:

SALMON:

  • 1.2 – 1.5 kg / 2.4 – 3lb salmon side (skin on, bones removed)
  • 2 1/4 tsp salt , cooking/kosher 
  • 1 tsp black pepper

HONEY BUTTER GLAZE:

  • 150g / 5oz butter , unsalted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves , finely minced (garlic press or knife)

CREAMY DILL SAUCE:

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream , full fat (low fat is too watery)
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill , finely chopped (lightly packed cup)
  • 1/2 eschallot (French onion) , finely grated
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt , cooking/kosher 

HOLIDAY "TAPENADE":

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup slivered almonds , toasted 
  • 1/3 cup parsley , roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

FINISHING:

  • 1 pomegranate , only the seeds
  • 1/4 cup parsley , roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 lemons, extra , cut in 6 pieces each (for serving, don't skip this)
Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
30 minutes
Total Time:
50 minutes
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