Monday, September 20, 2010

(Vote!) Cedar Plank Salmon & Squash "Pasta" with Goat Cheese & Oven-Dried Tomatoes

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You'll all be happy to know that the dog is no longer being shunned--she is currently on her perch (the big chair in the family room) recently home from a walk. The challah has been mourned and I have moved on to newer pursuits. I was going to cook on Saturday night, but Miss M. and I were drawn elsewhere with the promise of a moon bounce. A MOON BOUNCE! The five year old in me was utterly excited (okay, so was the twenty-five year old), so we hightailed it out of her apartment and over to the site of the party. As we drove up, we noticed twenty-somethings jumping from a second floor balcony into the moon bounce. As we walked up, we heard it pop. You have no idea how devastated I was. Not only did I have to socialize with hipsters,  now I had to do it without a moon bounce

Okay fine. It wasn't that bad. We mostly sat on a porch while someone played Belle & Sebastian songs as we sung along late into the evening. Which is why I did absolutely nothing today. Nope. Nothing. I'm going to claim that it was practice for the #BHF10PP, but the reality is that I'm no longer used to staying out late even though I'm always up late. Plus I just felt like being lazy. It's days like these I wish I had one of those Staples Easy buttons rigged to cause food to miraculously appear on a plate in front of me. Either that or Rosie from The Jetsons. Unfortunately technology has yet to catch up with the ingeniousness of my person, meaning I had to make dinner if I wanted to eat anything.

So I made food. Easy, easy food that anyone can make. This salmon was honestly one of the best pieces of salmon I've ever had. It was moist with subtle flavor with edible chunks of garlic. The squash "pasta"--a newer trend--was pretty awesome as well. I wouldn't say it could replace pasta, but it was a really light and unique way to eat squash and zucchini. I can imagine a variety of add-ins that would work well and that will be tried in the future. I suppose I'm glad I got off my ass and made dinner (even if I really didn't want to).

Cedar Plank Salmon

Wild Salmon fillet, skin on
1-2 lemons, juicy & sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 cup spring onion, diced
1 Tbsp. garlic chives, minced
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

At least two hours before cooking, soak your cedar plank(s) in water. When ready to use, wipe down and brush with olive oil. Lay down a bed of sliced lemon, then place the salmon, skin side down, on top.  Salt and pepper your fish. Make a few slits in your salmon, and shove in lemon slices. If lemon slices won't stay, cut in half and use halves. Distribute slices of garlic, chives, and spring onion on fish around the lemon slices. Use as much or as little as you need. Keep in mind that this process is akin to smoking or steaming fish, so the garlic flavor is much milder, so don't skimp. Grill at 350F for 12-15 minutes with lid closed. Check every 5 minutes for flare ups, which can be beaten down with a spray of water.

Can likely be done in an oven sans plank as well.


Squash Pasta with
Goat Cheese &
Oven-Dried Tomatoes
Serves 3

1 lb. assorted long squash
6-7 dried tomatoes, chopped
1 oz. crumbled goat cheese
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

1. Cut ends off of squash, and, using a vegetable peeling, peel off thin strips. Make a quarter turn each time you hit the seeds, as you do not want the seeded parts. Save squash cores for soups.

2. Toss strips with tomatoes and spices. 

3. Heat up a skillet on medium-high and lightly coat in olive oil. Toss in strip mixture and saute for two minutes. You do NOT want to overcook, or they will get mushy. You're basically heating up the squash.

4. Remove from pan, toss with cheese & some ground pepper. Serve warm.


Isabelle said...

Hipsters? Playing Belle and Sebastian? Why, I've never heard the like... next thing, you'll be trying to convince me they were drinking tallboys of PBR. ;)
Sorry about the moon bounce fail. On the bright side, at least the salmon was awesome, right? It's getting too cold to BBQ in the evening here, but I still want me some of that.

Mo Diva said...

I love the way you write! i feel like i just had a conversation with you!

And your pics are making me hungry! Gorgeous colors and presentation!!

Lucy said...

Um, I'm allergic to salmon, but I am now taking pleasure in adding this recipe to my list of deathbed food requests. All the food I'm allergic to that I can't eat because it will likely kill me - if I eat them right before I die then it won't matter and I can go out in foodie bliss. Right? Looks fabulous!

Chic Cookies said...

salmon? check. goat cheese? check. Belle and Sebastian? Double check. Moon bounce? check. (that was my 3 year old checking, she loves those). Got my vote, too!

Victoria K. said...

Those both look great, but the squash pasta especially has me drooling!! mmmmm

A Thought For Food said...

The cedar plank doesn't get enough love... but damn does it add wonderful flavor to fish.

And the moon bounce... haven't been on one of those in a very long time. Loved them but never lasted long... motion sickness :-/

The Cilantropist said...

HA, this was hilarious. This salmon is so colorful and makes me just crave a healthy dish. I used to eat fish at least once a week and somehow I have lost that habit... Great great dish!

Monet said...

So funny! Don't you just love Belle and Sebastian though? They make you just want to sit around and smile all night long. The colors in this dish look are just stunning! I was drowning in the vibrant hues! Thank you for sharing with us.

islandeat said...

Hi, BB. Funny, I just roasted salmon last night....

I voted for you, as a featured publisher who is not competing - I think it should help you.

Good luck,


roxan said...

Mmm, this looks so good! No grill at my place though =( HOA doesn't allow it. sucks! we used to bbq ALL the time. The squash pasta, however, i can totally make. thanks! :)

Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo said...

This looks like a great meal, even for those lazy-ass days. And you even had the energy to photograph -- way to go!

P.S. PFB vote sent your way!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow lovely simple salmon recipe love it

Jen Cheung said...

yum. I can feel this melting in my mouth after looking at this picture. salmon and goat cheese together is just heaven. you are such a great writer :)

have a lovely tuesday love.
jen @

whatsfordinneracrossstaelines said...

Hard to stop staring at the salmon long enough to vote! Love to send one your way, keep sending the yummy food! Best of luck to you!

Sara said...

You get my vote! Goat cheese wins every time.

Magic of Spice said...

Beautiful dish...all my favorites :)

Evan @swEEts said...

A couple years ago my cousin had a moonbounce at her bday.. after all the kids left my mom and I bounced on it for a good 20 minutes until we were so hot and sweaty we had to get off to get some cake :) Sorry you didn't get a chance to bounce :(

This dish however looks fab! My bf really wants a cedar plank for fish.. he'll be really jealous of this!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

I love salmon and have cooked it in many different ways - but I need to get a cedar plank. Sounds and looks delicious - as do the squash ribbons! Good luck with PFB - I voted for you!

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