Monday, November 3, 2008

Salt and Pepper Salmon

Cook Time: 25 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings


* 1 salmon fillet (about 2 pounds), skin on, 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick
* Kosher salt
* Extra-virgin olive oil
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
* Smashed New Potatoes with Peas, Lemon, and Pearl Onions, recipe follows


Run your finger up and down the center of the salmon feeling for any
pin bones. Remove any that you find with a needle-nosed pliers or
tweezers. With a sharp knife cutting across the width of the salmon,
divide it into 4 equal portions. Lightly salt the salmon and let sit a
couple minutes; this will help you get crispy skin.

Heat a 2-count, about 2 tablespoons, of olive oil in a large skillet
over medium-high heat until the oil is almost smoking. Season the
salmon with pepper, and rub about 1 1/2 tablespoons butter on the skin
side of each fillet. Add the salmon to the pan, skin-side down. To get
super crispy skin, cook the salmon almost to completion, about 6

Flip the salmon and cook until flesh side is nicely seared, 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer the salmon to a platter and serve with the Smashed Potatoes.

Smashed New Potatoes with Peas, Lemon, and Pearl Onions:

1 1/2 to 2 pounds red bliss potatoes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 (10-ounce) box frozen pearl onions, defrosted

Pinch sugar

Splash freshly squeezed lemon juice

5 slices lemon

2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen peas, defrosted

1 lemon, zested

Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper

1/4 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 heaping tablespoons roughly chopped fresh dill

1 bunch watercress, stems trimmed just above the rubber band

Put the potatoes into a large pot, cover them with cold water, and add
a large pinch of salt. If they're large, cut them in half. Bring to a
boil and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
Drain. Stick a fork into the potatoes, 1 at a time, lift them out of
the colander and peel with a paring knife. Toss the potatoes into a
bowl and roughly crush them. Drizzle with olive oil and season with
salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil with the butter in a medium saucepan over
medium heat until the butter melts. Add the pearl onions, sugar, and
lemon juice and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are
browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the lemon slices, peas, and lemon zest
and continue cooking until the peas are hot. Season with salt and
pepper. Dump the vegetables over the potatoes in the bowl, drizzle
with extra-virgin olive oil add the parsley and dill and taste for
salt and pepper. Scatter the watercress over the top, fold it in just
until it wilts and call it a day.

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