Saturday, July 8, 2006

Wild Salmon + Cedar + Cherry Chipotle Equals...

Ever since I made the chicken with cherry chipotle sauce last week I've been thinking about glazing some salmon with it. And because salmon works well smoked on cedar planks it seemed a natural trifecta!

All I can say is what a waste to each of the three components! The delicious punchy but sublte cherry chipotle was like the little mousey girl who shows up at an over the top fashion show - invisible!!! The cedar plank was overpowering - think sumo wrestler visiting a kindergarten class. And that vividly coral salmon fillet????? Well it looked pretty, but what a waste.

So the lesson in all this.....remember, less is often more!!! The salmon would work well roasted in the oven with the cherry chipotle sauce (you can use this recipe as a base, just forget about the dill, lemon and paprika). Or BBQ the salmon on the cedar plank with just a little lemon juice.

Combining all three, now that I think about it, is like when my niece Katie comes over to play dress up - have you got that picture in your mind? Very cute on a six year old, but not so cute on food!

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6 comments:

mae said...

Ruth, thank you for experimenting so we don't have to. It is such a waste look at those gorgeous slab of salmon...
Like you said salmon needs to be treated delicately :)

Incidentally, your comment page is acting really strangely... The text is huge and the part where i'm typing on now is squashed to 1 inch width by 2 inch length. How odd... I hope you get this message though. Have a lovely weekend! :)

Ruth said...

Mae, thanks for dropping by. You're right about salmon being delicate, and I rarely mess with it. In fact, although teryiaki salmon is popular in cookbooks and restaurants, I rarely, if ever, eat/prepare it. I think it's such a shame to mask the flavor of salmon.

By the way, I don't know what happened while you were posting, but it looks fine now.

mae said...

I do love teriyaki salmon though. In fact it's one of my most popular choice of treating salmon. Teriyaki is quite delicate.

Yes, the commenting is definitely working a lot better now.

J said...

hi ruth, lovely post, as always. the cherry chipotle sounds fantastic; do you think it would work well with pork?

Ruth said...

J, I think it would work perfectly on pork - a big chop or tenderloin, yum!

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