Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wild Salmon with Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Lemon Asparagus

You've seen the sweet potatoes but here is the rest of the menu.  I love this recipe because you make everything in one baking dish.  I even managed to fit all of this in my toaster oven!  I found this recipe in Dr. Mark Hyman's book Ultra-Metabolism and the only thing I did slightly different was add some of the rosemary to the sweet potatoes.  My husband and I are trying to add more fish to our diet.  Frankly, it is tough because we just don't love it.  We eat it because we know that it is good for us but I haven't found a recipe for salmon that will be "the one" I make again and again.  If I can find a recipe that turns out as good as Outback Steakhouse's salmon...that will be "the one."   This recipe calls for applying a paste-like mixture on top of this salmon.  I love the idea, but would like to experiment with the paste.  Fair warning: this paste has a strong kick.  I'm not sure if it is from the dry mustard or the garlic (or both).  Don't get me wrong - I will make this dish again.  We thought it was good which is high rating given that we don't love fish...so I'll do some tinkering in the future with the spices for the salmon.



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Wild Salmon with Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Lemon Asparagus

2 small sweet potatoes or 1 large
1 small to medium yellow onion
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Pepper
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice or the juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
Grated zest of 1 lemon
8 ounces wild salmon fillets cut into two 4-ounce portions

1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Place a sheet of parchment paper in a shallow baking pan.

2) Mince rosemary and set aside.  Wash, peel, and slice sweet potatoes into 3/4" cubes.  Quarter and skin the onion, and cut the quarters in half so onion pieces are similar in size to the potatoes.

3)  Place potatoes and onions in a zip lock bag with the oil, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of rosemary, salt, and pepper.  Shake to coat.  Spread evenly onto the pan lines with parchment and bake for 15 minutes. Keep the zip lock bag handy.

4) Mix garlic, mustard, 1/2 of the lemon juice with the remaining rosemary and set aside.

5) Wash, trim ends and cut the asparagus into 2 inch pieces and place inside the ziplock bag.  Add the last tablespoon of lemon juice and the zest to the zip lock bag with the asparagus.  Shake to coat the asparagus.

6) Remove the sweet potatoes and onions from the oven, flip potato and onion mixture over to allow for even browning, and push to the left side of the pan.  Add the asparagus to the middle of the pan.  Place the salmon on the right side of the pan so that everything fits on one pan.  Spoon the paste mixture over the salmon and return pan to the oven.

7) Roast for another 12 minutes or until desired doneness.  Salmon is done when the flesh flakes with gentle pressure.

Here is another similar recipe from one of my favorite food blogs Simply Recipes:

2 comments:

  1. This sounds good! I'll try it soon & let you know how it goes. And I highly recommend Grilled Salmon 1 (with soy sauce & brown sugar) from Allrecipes.com. Don't need to grill it; it's equally good sauteed in the sauce or roasted in the oven. Thanks again! I'm feeling newly inspired by your blog (and wonderful pictures!)...Cherylfrom NC

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  2. Thanks for the tip! I'm still looking for a really good salmon recipe that I can make at home. My problem is: my absolute favorite salmon is from Outback (believe it or not) so that is actually the ideal I'm trying to reach. However, the Asian flair of soy sauce & brown sugar does sound good...hmmm.

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