Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wild Salmon and twice cooked potatoes

Salmon run in the summer. This is the best time to buy fresh, wild salmon for dinner.
Stelios and I like to put the salmon on the grill when we can buy a filet with the skin on. That's because even if the skin sticks to the grill we can still have an intact piece of grilled fish and leave the skin behind. But, truth be told, the skin is the best part of the salmon! Oil your fish well on the skin side and you can get to enjoy it like the wild bear do, who eat the skin and throw away the rest of the salmon!
 Swiss chard greens from our garden round out the veggie part of the meal.
 The highlight, though, of this meal was the twice cooked potatoes.
Here's how to make them:
Wash 6 potatoes or however many you need to feed your group. Boil them until they are sold but not mushy. Drain and smash with a fork. Place them in a pan and drizzle a little  extra virgin Greek olive oil on top. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees until they are golden on top, about 15 minutes.
All I do with the swiss chard is wash it well, cut the stalks in half and place them with the leaves in a steamer with water on medium heat for about 10 minutes after the water boils or until the stalks are soft. Serve with olive oil and lemon or a dressing of mustard, olive oil and lemon.

I brush the salmon with extra virgin Greek olive oil, sprinkle some dried rosemary over the top, some fresh pepper and place it on a medium heat grill. Close the cover and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. You don't want to overcook salmon because it becomes too dry. 

Make a salsa by slicing a pint of cherry tomatoes, some cilantro, a little onion and an avocado. Add a tablespoon or two of extra virgin Greek olive oil and mix lightly. 

Place one piece of salmon in each plate. Spoon the salsa over your salmon. Add a side of greens and a potato or two. Drizzle some olive oil, mustard, lemon dressing over the greens and potatoes and enjoy!

Maria